Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Longtime Publicist Ed Kiely Dies

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Longtime Publicist Ed Kiely Dies

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Ed Kiely, a publicist for the Steelers for more than 40 years and a confidant of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., died early today of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 96.

Mr. Kiely, a World War II veteran, joined the Steelers shortly after the war. He retired in 1989, one year after his close friend, Mr. Rooney, died.

Well into his 90s, Mr. Kiely would continue his almost daily visits to the Steelers to work out and chat with players, coaches, staff and a few writers in the press room.

He became ill a year ago and was staying with his daughter, Kathy, in Washington. All three of his children are involved in the media. Ms. Kiely spent most of her career writing for newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Press and USA Today and now serves as managing editor for the Sunlight Foundation's reporting group. Tim Kiely is an Emmy-award winning producer of the "NBA on TNT" in Atlanta and Kevin Kiely has been a producer for various outlets in Pittsburgh.

Patricia Ann (McConnell) Kiely, Mr. Kiely's late wife, was a newscaster on KDKA-TV and WIIC-TV (now WPXI) and one of Pittsburgh's first female television anchors.

While with the Steelers, Mr. Kiely helped negotiate the NFL's early television network contracts. He spent much time with Art Rooney Sr. during his travels, especially in his later years. "Ed Kiely was very close to our entire family, especially my father," Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement. "He was a very good person and did a lot for the Steelers organization over many decades. He lived a very successful life as a writer and as a member of the military, before becoming a confidant for my father throughout the years. Personally, he introduced me to many people throughout the NFL in the early days and I will forever be grateful."

Francis Edgar Kiely was born in Pittsburgh March 21, 1918, and grew up in Morningside. …

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