Hugh Morris, who worked in the Courier-Journal's Frankfort bureau for 23 years and was part of a team of journalists that won the Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 94.
"He was a model for me and probably for many other journalism students in the '50s and '60s," said Dick Wilson, a retired Courier-Journal reporter. "Hugh knew state government backwards and forwards, particularly the financing of it.
"He was thorough, perceptive, had great credibility both with people in government and politics and with readers."
During his career, Mr. Morris covered 22 legislative sessions and served as Frankfort bureau chief for 17 years. His work as part of a team of reporters covering strip-mine abuses earned the paper the Pulitzer Prize and led to tighter controls on the industry.
In 1950, he won a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University.
After he left The Courier-Journal in 1969, Mr. Morris spent the next 10 years working for the Legislative Research Commission.
He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997.
"He was a very courtly, gentle man with a great wit and sense of humor," said Mr. Morris' daughter, Marilyn Morris. "He was good-natured. He didn't get angry."
She said her father was a ham radio enthusiast and was active at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church.
"He applied the same diligence to learning about the Bible and the church ... that he did about the legislature and electronics," she said. "He had the classic reporter's mind. He wanted to know everything."
Mr. Morris was born in Bowling Green and graduated from Louisville Male High School.
He studied mechanical and electrical engineering at Purdue and became managing editor of the student newspaper. He began his career as managing editor at two small newspapers in Attica, Ind.
He began working at the Courier-Journal in 1937. During World War II, he served as an air intelligence officer for the Navy.
When he returned from the war, it was to the Frankfort bureau.
In addition to Marilyn Morris, Mr. Morris is survived by another daughter, Bonnie Hall of Elberton, Ga., as well as four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. June 14 at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, Marilyn Morris said.
Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort will be in charge of arrangements.