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John Seigenthaler, speaking in Nashville in 2005
John Lawrence Seigenthaler
July 27, 1927
|Died||July 11, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Dolores Watson (m. 1955–2014)(his death)
|Children||John Michael Seigenthaler|
Seigenthaler joined the Nashville newspaper The Tennessean in 1949. He resigned in 1960 to be Robert F. Kennedy's administrative assistant. He rejoined The Tennessean as editor in 1962. He became publisher in 1973. He became chairman in 1982. He retired as chairman emeritus in 1991. Seigenthaler was also founding editorial director of USA Today from 1982 to 1991.
In April 2014, the Shelby Street Bridge was renamed the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in his honor.
Seigenthaler died of complications from colon cancer on July 11, 2014, at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his family in his home.
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