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Jack Northman Anderson Famous memorial

Birth
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
17 Dec 2005 (aged 83)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial
Poages Mill, Roanoke County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
12713202 View Source

Pulitzer Prize Recipient. He was an American journalist, who received the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in the category of Investigative Reporting. He received the coveted award for reporting that the Nixon administration secretly supported Pakistan with its war against India. Within two years, he had made a place for himself on President Richard Nixon's Secret Enemies List. He is best remembered for his muckraking daily column "Washington Merry-Go-Round," which he inherited from his mentor and column founder, Drew Pearson. Born Jackson Northman Anderson, he spent his childhood in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Utah for one year. A devout Mormon, he served two years as a missionary before beginning his writing career for the local newspaper "The Murray Eagle" and later, the "Salt Lake Tribune." His first investigative news story was about illegal polygamy being tolerated by his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and how polygamous groups were trying to infiltrate the mainstream part of the LDS church. During World War II, he served in the United States Merchant Marines before being drafted near the end of the war, serving in the Army and writing for the Shanghai, China edition of the "Stars and Stripes". After the war in 1947, he was hired by Pearson, the founder of a muck racking column "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" in the "Washington Post" newspaper, and inherited the column in 1969 with Pearson's death. The column broke a number of political scandals, including United States President Eisenhower's assistant Sherman Adams taking bribes; United States President Richard Nixon's many scandals, including Watergate; and United States President Ronald Reagan's secret arms for hostages deal with Iran in 1986. He was known for his investigative reporting, aggressive researching, and enormous political influence in Washington, D.C. In over 100 daily columns, he exposed Senator Thomas Dodd's theft of campaign money. He discovered the CIA's attempt to have the Mafia kill Cuba's Fidel Castro, and as a result of this, Castro retaliated by infiltrating snipers to kill President Kennedy. Anderson also assisted Pearson in writing the 1969 book "The Case Against Congress". Anderson published his autobiography, "Confessions of a Muckraker" in 1979, and later updated it with two books, "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" in 1997 and "Peace, War, and Politics: An Eyewitness Account" in 1999. In 1986, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which forced him to retire in 2004. The next year, he died from the complication of the disease. The column was continued by journalist Douglas Cohn. He married his wife Olivia on August 10, 1949, and the couple had nine children.

Pulitzer Prize Recipient. He was an American journalist, who received the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in the category of Investigative Reporting. He received the coveted award for reporting that the Nixon administration secretly supported Pakistan with its war against India. Within two years, he had made a place for himself on President Richard Nixon's Secret Enemies List. He is best remembered for his muckraking daily column "Washington Merry-Go-Round," which he inherited from his mentor and column founder, Drew Pearson. Born Jackson Northman Anderson, he spent his childhood in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Utah for one year. A devout Mormon, he served two years as a missionary before beginning his writing career for the local newspaper "The Murray Eagle" and later, the "Salt Lake Tribune." His first investigative news story was about illegal polygamy being tolerated by his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and how polygamous groups were trying to infiltrate the mainstream part of the LDS church. During World War II, he served in the United States Merchant Marines before being drafted near the end of the war, serving in the Army and writing for the Shanghai, China edition of the "Stars and Stripes". After the war in 1947, he was hired by Pearson, the founder of a muck racking column "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" in the "Washington Post" newspaper, and inherited the column in 1969 with Pearson's death. The column broke a number of political scandals, including United States President Eisenhower's assistant Sherman Adams taking bribes; United States President Richard Nixon's many scandals, including Watergate; and United States President Ronald Reagan's secret arms for hostages deal with Iran in 1986. He was known for his investigative reporting, aggressive researching, and enormous political influence in Washington, D.C. In over 100 daily columns, he exposed Senator Thomas Dodd's theft of campaign money. He discovered the CIA's attempt to have the Mafia kill Cuba's Fidel Castro, and as a result of this, Castro retaliated by infiltrating snipers to kill President Kennedy. Anderson also assisted Pearson in writing the 1969 book "The Case Against Congress". Anderson published his autobiography, "Confessions of a Muckraker" in 1979, and later updated it with two books, "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" in 1997 and "Peace, War, and Politics: An Eyewitness Account" in 1999. In 1986, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which forced him to retire in 2004. The next year, he died from the complication of the disease. The column was continued by journalist Douglas Cohn. He married his wife Olivia on August 10, 1949, and the couple had nine children.

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  • Added: 17 Dec 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 12713202
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12713202/jack-northman-anderson: accessed ), memorial page for Jack Northman Anderson (19 Oct 1922–17 Dec 2005), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12713202, citing Ferguson Family Cemetery, Poages Mill, Roanoke County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .