Lee Winfrey, a Former Television for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Died on April 2, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Arteriosclerosis and Diabetes. (1972)
Lee Winfrey, a former television for The Philadelphia Inquirer, died on April 2, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from arteriosclerosis and diabetes. He was 70.
Winfrey was a "veteran reporter who covered Castro in Cuba, Washington politics, and West Virginia coal-mine disasters during his 44-year career in journalism," an Inquirer reporter wrote in Winfrey's obituary.
In 1957, Winfrey began his career as a reporter at The (Nashville) Tennessean and then joined The Miami Heraid in 1962, where he eventually became the paper's Washington correspondent. After serving as the Washington bureau correspondent for Knight Newspapers from 1963 to 1966, Winfrey took a break from journalism to work on a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Iowa. After graduating in 1968, he joined the Detroit Free Press.
"Everybody wanted Lee to be on their projects, he was so good," said Tom Wark, former editor in Detroit and a retired Inquirer associate managing editor. Wark recalled one particular story Winfrey worked on about a mine disaster in West Virginia that had the opening line: "Once again in West Virginia there is frost on the mountain and blood on the coal. …