Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Jim Hampton of 'Miami Herald' Dies after Fall

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Jim Hampton of 'Miami Herald' Dies after Fall

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Former Miami Herald editorial page editor John Lewis "Jim" Hampton Jr., who shared a 1982 Pulitzer Prize with the editorial board, has died. He was 73.

Hampton had been comatose after a bone-breaking fall on Jan. 25, and died at a Miami hospital Friday of complications from the injuries.

"He was a warm, witty, master wordsmith who practiced his craft scrupulously," his daughter Jessica told the newspaper.

The Kentucky native and son of a coal miner served as chief of the editorial page for two decades until his retirement in 1998. His board won journalism's highest award after a yearlong campaign to free 1,800 Haitian boat people from indefinite detention.

Before landing in Miami, Hampton worked at The Associated Press, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and The National Observer. He covered the 1968 presidential campaigns of George Wallace and Hubert Humphrey, the killing of four Kent State University students two years later, and Apollo missions.

After his retirement, Hampton served as director of the Inter American Press Association, based in Miami.

Hampton's survivors include his wife and three children.

A lengthy Herald tribute today includes the following.*

By the time he reached Miami, Hampton had become, in the words of former Herald Publisher David Lawrence Jr., ``a man who knew his craft of writing better than most I've ever known.''

Hampton, he said, ``cared fiercely, but with a gentleness of spirit. Cared about this community. Really loved it. …

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