- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Jack Newfield, 66, columnist, author

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Newfield, a muckraking reporter and newspaper columnist who wrote books on the slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and boxing impresario Don King, has died. He was 66.

Mr. Newfield died Monday after being hospitalized for kidney cancer that had spread to the lungs, said Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for the family.

Mr. Newfield’s career included stints at the Village Voice, the Daily News and the New York Post. He won numerous honors, including the George Polk Award and an Emmy.

Most recently, he was a columnist at the New York Sun.

A native of New York’s Brooklyn borough, Mr. Newfield was drawn to the civil rights movement after college. His first book, “A Prophetic Minority,” was about his experiences in the South.

After joining the Village Voice, Mr. Newfield traveled with Mr. Kennedy during his presidential campaign in 1968 and was present when he was assassinated in Los Angeles. Mr. Newfield’s book “Robert Kennedy: A Memoir” came out the following year.

Mr. Newfield won a Polk award for investigative reporting in 1980 for a series of Village Voice articles on state and city politics.

He left the paper in 1988 to become a columnist at the Daily News. He later worked as a New York Post columnist for 10 years.

He also was an Emmy-winning writer and producer of documentaries.

Mr. Newfield is survived by his wife, Janie, and children Rebecca and Joseph.

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