William Woestendiek, Pulitzer Winner and Former USC School of Journalism Director, Dies at 90

By: Kurtis Lee | Los Angeles Times

William Woestendiek, a journalist and former director of the University of Southern California school of journalism, died at a Mesa, Ariz., nursing facility Friday after a long illness. He was 90.

A reporter and editor of several newspapers, such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer and now-defunct Colorado Springs Sun, Woestendiek was born in Newark, N.J., and had a lengthy career in journalism. As editor of the Houston Post, which no longer exists, the paper under Woestendiek won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for its expose of government corruption in a Houston suburb that resulted in widespread reforms.

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