Walter Smith Jr., New York Beacon Publisher, Dies at 83


Walter “Ball” Smith, publisher and savvy business entrepreneur, died suddenly in Miami Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. He was 83.

As CEO of Smith Haj Group, Walter published New York’s premier weekly, The New York Beacon, and The Philadelphia Observer. Smith was CEO of The New York Beacon, a newspaper he operated for the past 26 years. The two papers focus on the African-American community.

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