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July 9, 2013

July 9, 1931

Haynes Johnson (July 9, 1931 to May 24, 2013) won a Pulitzer for his journalism. Although he is especially associated with the Washington Post, his 1966 Pulitzer was for his work at the Washington Evening Star, and his coverage of the civil rights situation in Selma Alabama. 

A sample of his writing was anthologized in Perspectives on American book history, edited by Scott Evan Casper, Joanne D. Chaison, and Jeffrey David Groves.  Here we found, from a 1973 article entitled "The Press: A Lack of Vigor"  this metaphor: "Far from being the fiercely independent government interrogator of vaunted legend, by and large the press has been a permissive tabby-cat."

Haynes was married two times, and had lots of children. His second wife was Kathryn A. Oberly, a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  According to his New York Times obituary, excerpted, and only slightly rearranged....

Mr. Johnson wrote more than a dozen books in all, including “Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years” (1991), “Divided We Fall: Gambling With History in the Nineties” (1994), “The Best of Times: America in the Clinton Years” (2001) and “The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism” (2005).
[O]ther books include “Lyndon” (1973, with Richard Harwood); “The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point” (1996, with David S. Broder); and “The Battle for America, 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election” (2009, with Dan Balz).....

On television, he was a member of the original panel of the PBS program “Washington Week in Review,” first broadcast in 1967, and appeared on it regularly through the mid-1990s. Mr. Johnson was also a regular presence on PBS’s “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer
[.]” ....

Haynes Bonner Johnson was born in New York City .... His mother, the former Emmie Ludie Adams, was a pianist; his father, Malcolm, was a newspaperman with
The New York Sun. For The Sun, the elder Mr. Johnson won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for his 24-part series, “Crime on the Waterfront.”

That series, which exposed the unsavory, often violent alliance of labor unions and organized crime on New York’s docks, inspired “
On the Waterfront,” the 1954 film starring Marlon Brando.....

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