- Associated Press - Monday, October 9, 2017

MIAMI (AP) - Mort Lucoff, a longtime Florida journalist and Miami courts stringer for The Associated Press, has died. He was 88.

Joel Lucoff said his father died in his sleep Sunday. He had recently suffered from pneumonia and other ailments.

A New York native, Lucoff grew up in Miami and earned journalism and history degrees from the University of Missouri and University of Florida. He worked for newspapers in Hartford, Connecticut and Buffalo, New York, where his son said Lucoff interviewed both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Lucoff covered local government for the Miami News from 1963-1988 and had a column, “Ins and Outs.” After that, he worked for the Miami-Dade County court clerk until 2000, when he began stringing for the AP until recently.

Funeral services are Tuesday.

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