By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ed Anderson, a journalist who covered politics, state government and a variety of other stories during more than four decades with The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, died Thursday in Baton Rouge. He was 67.

Anderson had been hospitalized for several weeks for treatment of cancer and blood clots.

A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Anderson worked for The Times-Picayune from 1969 until 2012. Among the stories he covered were the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973 in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Police Department strike of 1979.

Anderson began covering the Legislature for the paper in 1980, according to an obituary at ‘ The Times-Picayune ( ). He later moved to Baton Rouge full-time to cover state government.

More recently, he was working for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, editing investigative audits.

“He’s in all of our thoughts and prayers,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday. “Great, great guy, I think the ultimate professional, did a great job as a reporter, did a great job certainly working for the legislative auditor’s office.”

Former governors also expressed their admiration.

“He was skillful at being a friend but getting what he needed. He wasn’t overly aggressive, but he always got his story. He maintained that essence of human relationships,” former Gov. Buddy Roemer told The New Orleans Advocate ( ).

“He tried to cover the waterfront and give a fair depiction of what anyone was trying to do,” former Gov. Kathleen Blanco said.

The state House of Representatives and the state Senate each held a moment of silence for Anderson on Thursday morning.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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