Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

John A. Carroll June 28, 1925 - Dec. 24, 2015 Former Press Editor, 'Top-Notch News Guy'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

John A. Carroll June 28, 1925 - Dec. 24, 2015 Former Press Editor, 'Top-Notch News Guy'

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When John A. Carroll retired from The Pittsburgh Press in 1991, he left the career of an old-school newsman and watched his paper fold the next year.

A one-time Pirates beat writer for United Press International, where he was subsequently a state news editor, Mr. Carroll became a city editor at the Press in the mid-1960s.

"John was a top-notch news guy," said Isadore Shrensky, who worked on the city desk with Mr. Carroll before becoming an editorial writer at the Press. "He was very convivial, and he and his wife always had great Christmas parties."

Mr. Carroll died on Christmas Eve at ManorCare in Bethel Park at age 90.

He was a native of Brighton Heights and a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II.

He met his wife, Carole, in 1954, when she started as a reporter at UPI and he was assigned, she said, "to help me. "They married in 1960."In those days, none of the radio or TV people had a news team" that went out on a story, she recalled. "We were it. They had people who read our news on the air."

"John was a city editor when I started in 1972 and for many years," said Joe Grata, a former reporter for the Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He was professional, fair, a good editor and had a nice personality. An old-fashioned newsman, the kind they made and threw away the mold -straightforward, not fancy, always reminding you to dot your I's and cross your T's.

"Those were the days with typewriters and three or four carbons and copy pencils. …

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