Ky. Newspaper Publisher Bingham Dies

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Barry Bingham Jr., former publisher of The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times who guided the papers to three Pulitzer Prizes, died on Monday. He was 72.

Bingham had been suffering from complications of pneumonia, said Donna Watson, an assistant who works in Bingham’s office, who confirmed his death.

Bingham took over as publisher of the family-owned newspapers in June 1971 from his father, Barry Bingham Sr., and quickly emphasized ethics and public service journalism.

He ran the newspapers until his family sold them in 1986 amid dissent over financial matters.

The newspapers won Pulitzer prizes in 1976 for photos of court-ordered busing; in 1978 for a series of articles on a deadly hotel fire; and in 1980 for reporting on Cambodian refugees in Southeast Asia.

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