Miles Cunningham, 59, Reporter And Editor; Worked At The Bulletin

Posted: July 28, 1989

Miles Cunningham, 59, who was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Bulletin, Gannett News Service and the Washington Times, died Monday night in his home in Alexandria, Va., after a three-year bout with stomach cancer.

At the time of his death, Mr. Cunningham was employed at Insight magazine in Washington.

Born in South Dakota, Mr. Cunningham grew up in Arlington, Va., where he graduated from Washington and Lee High School; in 1955, he earned a journalism degree from the University of Tennessee.

At the Bulletin, where he worked from 1966 until it folded in 1982, Mr. Cunningham covered subjects that included organized crime and had a prize- winning story about a dance studio manager who was convicted of filching thousands of dollars from lonely singles. Mr. Cunningham won an award from the Pennsylvania Press Association.

Mr. Cunningham was praised throughout his career for his attention to detail and accuracy. According to syndicated columnist Jack Germond, a former Gannett colleague, Mr. Cunningham's first story, which was to detail meat- packing regulations in Albany, N.Y., was researched for weeks and written 800 words too long. For years thereafter, his nickname was "Meat." Mr. Cunningham worked for the news service from 1957 to 1966.

After the Bulletin folded, Mr. Cunningham worked for three years as an investigator for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on commerce, transportation and tourism. He returned to journalism as a foreign and national correspondent with the Washington Times.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Lewis Cunningham; daughters, Linda C.

Wert, Susan, and Samantha C.; sons, Wayne and Christopher Samuel; his mother, Maude Angeline Cunningham, and two sisters.

Memorial services were held yesterday in Washington.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Miles Cunningham Fund for Young Journalists, care of Madison National Bank, 6844 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va. 22101.

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