Magazine article The Quill

Deaths

Magazine article The Quill

Deaths

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Longtime newspaper reporter Bill Lynch, whose tough coverage of Louisiana politicians earned him a job as the state inspector general, died Feb. 15 from complications related to heart disease, The (New Orleans) TimesPicayune reported. Lynch, the state's first inspector general, died after a lengthy hospitalization in Baton Rouge. He was 74. His journalism career, which spanned 56 years, was spent largely chronicling the accomplishments and indiscretions of politicians, including a slew of Louisiana's colorful governors. He got his first job working as a sportswriter for the Shreveport Times while attending Louisiana State University. He became best known for later investigative and political journalism, The Times-Picayune said. He did much of his investigative work from the now-closed StateItem in Baton Rouge as a chief investigativegovernment reporter and capital bureau chief, beginning in 1965. In 1979, he began working for the Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau until Gov. Buddy Roemer chose him for the government job in 1988. For the past 16 years as inspector general, he investigated possible corruption and inefficiencies in government and misuse of state property.

Gerry Nelson, a former Associated Press reporter, dean of the capital press corps and a press secretary for Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich, died Feb. 14. Nelson, 73 and of Plymouth, Minn., had been hospitalized for two weeks for a respiratory disorder, wife JoAnn Nelson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He died at North Memorial Medical in Robbinsdale, Minn., his wife said. …

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