Longtime Louisville Editor Dies at 83

By: E&P Staff

Elmer “Tiger” Hall, a former editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., who spent 37 years at that paper, died yesterday at 83 after a long illness.

“He turned young reporters and a few young editors, like me, into seasoned journalists and produced some significant public-service journalism,” Courier-Journal managing editor Ben Post told the paper today.

A Miami native, Hall started his long career at the Courier-Journal in 1954 as a copy editor. After becoming a reporter in 1961 and spending a year at the paper’s Washington, D.C., bureau, he returned to Louisville in 1963. Hall became assistant city editor two years later and was named day city editor in 1968.

In 1972, Hall became city editor and spent the next five years in that position, winning fame for directing the Courier-Journal’s coverage of 1975’s court-ordered busing to integrate Louisville schools. Hall moved to the paper’s features section in 1977 and headed the Op-Ed page for eight years. While there, Hall advocated giving readers regular space to respond to editorials.

Hall moved again in 1985, becoming assistant arts and entertainment editor, editing the Travel section and overseeing columnists and freelancers as well as the TV Week section. He retired in August 1991. The announcement of his retirement read, “He may be the only guy in the building who could work here almost 40 years without getting ‘venerable’ and that’s the way we like him.”

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