Journalists to honor former DN columnist Chuck Stone

GEORGE REYNOLDS / FILE PHOTO Chuck Stone comforts the mother and sister of a suspect who surrendered to him in 1991.
GEORGE REYNOLDS / FILE PHOTO Chuck Stone comforts the mother and sister of a suspect who surrendered to him in 1991.
Posted: June 06, 2014

CURRENT AND former journalists will gather tomorrow at a memorial service for former Daily News columnist and senior editor Chuck Stone.

Stone died April 6 at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He was 89.

Stone, an outspoken writer who was so trusted that more than 70 suspects surrendered to him first rather than the police, spent nearly two decades at the Daily News before leaving in 1991 to teach at the University of North Carolina. He was instrumental in the founding of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and later served as founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

"He was so significant in not just the founding of the PABJ - later becoming the founder of the national organization - but he was part of the journalistic fabric in Philadelphia," PABJ president Johann Calhoun said. "Saturday's service is not just for the veterans, it's for the new [journalists] coming on board as well."

The service will be held at Mother Bethel AME Church, on 6th Street near Pine, in Society Hill from 3 to 5 p.m. Scheduled speakers include Daily News editor Michael Days, Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson, NABJ president Bob Butler and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr.


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