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Edmund J. Rooney Jr.

82, Died Jan. 27

Edmund J. Rooney Jr., who shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 at the former Chicago Daily News for his reporting on a corrupt state auditor, was an old-style reporter who came up during the "get me rewrite" era and was a font of hard-earned knowledge.

In 1959 Rooney was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and he taught journalism part-time at Chicago's Loyola University for 15 years before accepting a full-time position in 1978, the year the Daily News folded (and a year after he received his bachelor's degree). He earned his master's in urban studies in 1981, and a doctorate in education in 1992.

Rooney began his career as a night copy boy at the old Chicago Sun. Upon being drafted into the Army in 1943, he became a reporter for Stars and Stripes. After the war, he worked at the Daily Southtown (known then as the Southtown Economist), and at Chicago's City News Bureau. He joined the Daily News in 1952.

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