Other notable deaths


April 07, 2006

Barry Bingham Jr., 72, who guided The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times to three Pulitzer Prizes before the Kentucky newspapers were sold as the family battled over finances, died Monday in Glenview, Ky.

Mr. Bingham, a third-generation publisher of the family-owned newspapers, took over in June 1971 from his father, Barry Bingham Sr., and quickly emphasized ethics and public service journalism. Mr. Bingham led the newspapers until his family sold them in 1986 despite his bitter opposition.

The newspapers won Pulitzers in 1976 for photos of court-ordered busing. The Courier-Journal won a Pulitzer in 1978 for a series of articles on the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, which killed 164 people, and in 1980 for reporting on Cambodian refugees in Southeast Asia.

Dissension among the children surfaced in 1984, when daughter Sallie Bingham challenged her brother's control of the companies. She and her sister, Eleanor Bingham Miller, were ousted from the board of directors. Sallie Bingham turned down a family offer of $26.3 million.

The newspapers were sold by the Bingham family to Gannett Co. Inc. in 1986 for more than $300 million. The Louisville Times, an afternoon publication, was dissolved in 1987.

Mr. Bingham graduated from Harvard with a degree in history in 1956 and served in the Marines before starting in broadcast journalism, working for CBS and NBC in New York.

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