Edgar Allen Poe, Newspaperman,92

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Edgar Allen Poe, Newspaperman,92


Edgar Allen Poe, 92, longtime Washington correspondent and columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune who covered every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton, died Aug. 15 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Poe, who began writing for the Times-Picayune on Easter Sunday 1930, covered many of the major stories of this century. He was an eyewitness aboard the USS Missouri to the Japanese surrender that ended World War II in September 1945.

"I thought maybe this means permanent peace is at hand," Mr. Poe said. "It didn't quite work out that way."

Mr. Poe kept his readers informed through daily dispatches and his regular column, "Washington Panorama," which he wrote until 1994.

He attended every presidential convention from 1940 to 1988, except for 1944, when he was a war correspondent in the Pacific.

Mr. Poe's legacy continues through an award for journalistic excellence given annually at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. The $2,500 Edgar A. Poe Award was established in 1989 by the Times-Picayune and Newhouse Newspapers. …

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