Contents 1 Youth 2 Early career 3 Los Angeles Times 4 Death 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Youth[edit] Born in Talladega, Alabama, Nelson's father ran a fruit store during the Great Depression. He moved with his family to Georgia and eventually to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1947.

Early career[edit] After graduating from high school Nelson began his journalism career with the Biloxi Daily Herald.[2] There he earned the nickname 'Scoop' for his aggressive reporting.[2] He then worked for the U.S. Army writing press releases before taking a job with the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 1952. He won the Pulitzer for local reporting under deadline in 1960, citing "the excellent reporting in his series of articles on mental institutions in Georgia."[2][3]

Los Angeles Times[edit] He joined the Los Angeles Times in 1965 and led its Washington, D.C. bureau for 21 years after being named bureau chief in 1975.[2] He led the paper's coverage at the time of the Watergate scandal. In 1970 Nelson wrote a story about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in Meridian, Mississippi shot two Ku Klux Klan members in a sting bankrolled by the local Jewish community.[2] One of the Klan members, a woman, died in the ambush. The head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, tried to kill the story, which appeared on Page One, by smearing Nelson, falsely, as an alcoholic.[citation needed] Nelson played an important role in uncovering the truth about the Orangeburg Massacre.[citation needed] He discussed current events on television and radio news shows.[4]

Death[edit] Jack Nelson died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Bethesda, Maryland on October 21, 2009, aged 80.[2]

Notes[edit] ^ Gene Roberts was NYT Managing Editor from 1994 to 1997. In the 1960s he and Nelson had been coauthors of The Censors and the Schools (Little, Brown, 1963).[1]

References[edit] ^ "The censors and the schools". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-11-06. ^ a b c d e f g Woo, Elaine (October 21, 2009). "Jack Nelson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, dies at 80; journalist helped raise L.A. Times to national prominence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-10-21.  ^ "Local Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-06. ^ "Nelson interview". Larry King Show. 

External links[edit] Appearances on C-SPAN Interview with Nelson on Terror in the Night: The Klan's Campaign Against the Jews, Booknotes (February 7, 1993) "Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Jack Nelson Dies at 80", Associated Press via Yahoo News (October 21, 2009) Jack Nelson, Scoop: The Evolution of a Southern Reporter (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2013) Jack Nelson at Library of Congress Authorities, with 11 catalog records Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 92263745 LCCN: n50029176 ISNI: 0000 0001 1495 281X GND: 1033715468 SUDOC: 085582905 NLA: 35379621 SNAC: w6jq535d Retrieved from "" Categories: 1929 births2009 deathsDeaths from cancer in MarylandDeaths from pancreatic cancerLos Angeles Times peoplePeople from Talladega, AlabamaPeople from Bethesda, MarylandPeople from Biloxi, MississippiPulitzer Prize winners for journalismAmerican male journalistsAmerican journalistsJournalists from AlabamaJournalists from MississippiHidden categories: Articles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from October 2009Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with NLA identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers

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