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Douglas Kneeland, Former 'NYT' Reporter and 'Chicago Trib' Editor, Dies at 78

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Douglas Kneeland, Former 'NYT' Reporter and 'Chicago Trib' Editor, Dies at 78

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Douglas E. Kneeland, the longtime New York Times correspondent, former Chicago Tribune editor, member of the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame -- and an original "Boy on the Bus" -- died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 78.

An excerpt from an obit from today's Bangor (Me.) Times -- where he began his career -- follows.

*During his 22 years with the Times, Kneeland reported on some of the most important events of the 20th century, including Watergate, race riots after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Vietnam War protests, the trial of Charles Manson and the Kent State killings.

He was one of the "Boys on the Bus" during Richard Nixon's presidential campaign, and he broke the story of the Saturday Night Massacre -- Nixon's dismissal of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the subsequent resignation of Attorney General Elliot Richardson. He counted this among his most significant professional achievements.

Gene Roberts, Kneeland's friend and editor at the Times, once said, "He's our profession's equivalent of a triple threat quarterback, only better."

A Lincoln, Maine, native and Mattanawcook Academy graduate, Kneeland attended the University of Maine, where he studied under former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Wayne Jordan. …

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