- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - The publisher of the Charlotte Sun died just days before his paper was awarded journalism’s greatest honor.

The Sun’s John Hackworth and Brian Gleason were awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing this week for a series of pieces about an inmate killed by corrections officers at the Charlotte Correctional Institution.

Derek Dunn-Rankin, the founding publisher and chairman of the Sun Coast Media Group, died over the weekend at the age of 88. He started his newspaper career at the Miami News, worked at various papers in North Carolina and Virginia and then bought three small newspapers in southwest Florida in the late 1970s. The company has grown to more than a dozen newspapers and other publications.

His son assumed the day-to-day business of the papers in 2002, but Dunn-Rankin remained active in the operation.

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