Society, Profession Loses Industry Leader

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Society, Profession Loses Industry Leader


Lee Hills, 93, former chairman of Knight Bidder, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, died Feb. 3.

Known for his aggressive, investigative journalism and his good business sense, Hills once ran The Miami Herald and The Detroit Free Press simultaneously. As an editor, he led The Herald to its first Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1951 and, in 1956, won a second Pulitzer for local reporting while executive editor in Detroit.

Hills started in Miami as a city editor in 1942, after four years as the editor of The Oklahoma News. Within four months, he was The Herald's managing editor. During World War II, when newsprint was being rationed, Hills cut back on The Herald's display advertising, gave regular advertisers free space on the back page and boosted war news. The rival Miami News saved the ads and trimmed its news space. …

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