- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Longtime Northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper editor John Murphy Jr. has died after fighting cancer for nearly two years. He was 61.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton says Murphy died Tuesday at a hospice in his native Dunmore.

The man known as Murph helped shape the Times-Tribune for more than a decade as assistant managing editor.

He oversaw investigations into Lackawanna County corruption and helped expose a staffing company exploiting Puerto Rican workers.

The late Lawrence Beaupre, managing editor for much of Murphy’s tenure, often described him as “a newsman’s newsman.”

Murphy served in the Navy before graduating from Penn State and entering the news business as an advertising copy boy.

He joined the Scranton newspaper in 1981, rising from regional correspondent to city editor. He ascended to assistant managing editor when Beaupre came aboard in 2000.

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