NY Newspaper Man Richard Blood Dies At 83

Published February 19, 2012 12:27AM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard J. Blood, a former city editor at the New York Daily News who nurtured a generation of young journalists while teaching for more than two decades at the Columbia University School of Journalism and New York University, has died. He was 83.

Blood's eldest son, Associated Press political writer Michael Blood, says his father died Friday in New York of respiratory failure.

He began his career at newspapers in New Hampshire, Vermont and New Jersey before joining the now-defunct Newark (N.J.) Evening News and, later, the Daily News in New York in 1970.

Blood put his stamp on a slew of notable journalism students, including Frank Bruni of The New York Times.

Michael says he "never knew anyone to get more excited about a good story" than his father.

By Salon Staff

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