Hal Suit (April 1, 1922—November 20, 1994) was an American local television news personality and political figure who won the 1970 Republican nomination for Governor of Georgia, but lost the November general election to future president Jimmy Carter.
A native of Ohio's eighth-largest city, Youngstown, and styling himself as a "Taft Republican", Harold Columbus Suit had Southern ancestry — his father was born in North Carolina and his mother in Tennessee. A 19-year-old college student at the time of the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, he completed his studies in history and political science at the University of Florida as well as the state's Rollins College and, during the remaining years of World War II, served in the United States Army, being wounded twice and receiving decorations for valor. Upon leaving the military, he became, in 1947, a radio news announcer and, seven years later, in 1954, moved to the small Georgia city of Albany, joining the initial staff of the city's first, and sole VHF, TV station, WALB-TV, which began broadcasting on April 7, 1954. After five years, he transferred to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the state's first TV station which has been on the air since September 1948. Gaining recognition in a major media market as a top local anchorman, political editorialist and news executive, he was the recipient of the 1967 National Headliner Award and was named, in 1970, the state's most outstanding citizen by Georgia's Toastmasters. That year, according to The New York Times, his picture was identified by 91% of registered voters who watched WSB, the station described as "the most powerful and influential in Georgia".
Following his 41% to 59% loss to Jimmy Carter, he became president of the Atlanta-based communications company, Production 70's, and continued to deliver opinion pieces on radio and in newspapers. In 1972 Suit announced he would run again for governor in 1974, but he did not receive the nomination.
Hal Suit and his wife were longtime residents of the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, where they raised four children. He died there at the age of 72.
Laura Merle White Suit
1921–2007 (m. 1940)
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