- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Richard “Dick” Herman, a retired journalist and editor at Nebraska and Iowa newspapers, has died.

Herman died Wednesday at Sumner Place nursing home in Lincoln, according to Aspen Cremation and Burial Services of Lincoln. He was 87.

Herman held many newspaper positions, from reporter to desk editor, in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1WnkbaG ) Saturday. But he was best known for his coverage of the Nebraska Legislature from 1963 until 1974 for the then-Lincoln Journal.

Gil Savery, a former Lincoln Journal editor who hired Herman in 1957 as a desk editor, said Herman preferred reporting to desk work, so he soon became the newspaper’s education writer. He began covering the Nebraska Statehouse in 1963.

“One time I was told by a governor’s assistant that Dick Herman knew more about state government than anybody in state government,” Savery said. “He did that for quite a while. He was a tremendous reporter on the capitol beat.”

In 1974, Herman became editorial page editor of the newspaper, a position he held until he retired in 1993.

Herman grew up in Burlington, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1949 with a degree in journalism. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

His first reporting job was at the Davenport Times in Iowa. He later worked at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Kansas and the Scottsbluff Star-Herald and Sidney Telegraph, both in Nebraska.

Herman is survived by his wife, Jacqui, and two sons, Ted Herman, of Iowa City, Iowa, and Dan Herman, of San Diego.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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