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Former Barlett & Steele judge, Poynter president and veteran journalist dies at 73

Jim Naughton

Jim Naughton

Jim Naughton, a veteran journalist and former president of The Poynter Institute, passed away Saturday at age 73 after a long battle with cancer.

During the initial years of the Reynolds Center’s Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, Naughton served as a judge and then continued to provide guidance to improve the contest that annually honors the best in U.S. business journalism.

“Jim Naughton played a vital role as a judge in the initial years of the Reynolds Center’s Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism,” said Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey. “Even as he was fighting his illness, he gave me excellent advice about how to run these contests effectively and his professional judgment throughout the process was always impeccable.”

Known for his sense of humor, passion for the craft and ability to inspire journalists, Naughton led The Poynter Institute from 1996 to 2003 after a storied career, which included working as executive editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and as a reporter for The New York Times. (Read more about his journalism career and his spunky personality that loved pranks. One of his most remembered jokes: wearing a chicken head while interviewing Gerald R. Ford.)

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The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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