Magazine article Nieman Reports

C. Hale Champion Died on April 23rd in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of Complications from Prostate Cancer

Magazine article Nieman Reports

C. Hale Champion Died on April 23rd in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of Complications from Prostate Cancer

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C. Hale Champion died on April 23rd in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of complications from prostate cancer. He was 85.

While Champion spent his early years as a journalist, he subsequently spent the rest of his career in public service. In one of his highest-profile positions, he served as chief of staff for then-Governor Michael Dukakis during the time Dukakis was running for President. Just before accepting that position in 1987, Champion was the first executive dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Champion's obituary in The Boston Globe, Dukakis was quoted as saying that he turned to Champion because "I needed somebody I could absolutely count on, and he was a rock. You had absolute confidence in him."

Champion left journalism in 1958 to become press secretary for California Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown. When Brown lost the election in 1966 to Ronald Reagan, Champion relocated to Harvard to become a fellow at the Institute of Politics. …

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