Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Wendt, Top Editor at 'Chicago Today,' Dead at 99

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Wendt, Top Editor at 'Chicago Today,' Dead at 99

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Lloyd Wendt, who was the last editor and publisher of the old Chicago Today tabloid, has died at the age of 99.

Wendt died Sunday, Oct. 21, in Sanford, Fla., where he had lived since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his daughter, Bette Jore, confirmed in a telephone interview with E&P Thursday.

In addition to his more than 40 years as a reporter and editor for Chicago newspapers, Wendt wrote "a shelf-full of books that are required reading for anyone interested in the city's history," Chicago Tribune staff reporter Trevor Jensen wrote in an obituary Thursday.

Among those books was "Chicago Tribune: The Rise of a Great American Newspaper."

Hired in 1934, Wendt's first newspaper job in Chicago was covering City Hall. From 1943 to 1946, he served as a lieutenant commander with naval intelligence, according to the Tribune obit.

Returning to the Tribune, Wendt was a feature writer, city editor, Sunday editor, and editor of the Sunday magazine.

Wendt was named editor of Chicago's American in 1961. That paper later became Chicago Today, and Wendt became its editor and publisher.

When Chicago Today was shuttered in 1974, he became associate editor of the Tribune. …

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