MUNSTER, Ind. (AP)
- William Nangle, who served 20 years as executive editor of The Times of
Munster, has died. He was 70.
Nangle, who in
recent years suffered from heart disease and cancer, died Friday at
Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, said a spokeswoman for
Geisen Funeral Home.
Nangle worked at
The Times for nearly 45 years and served previously as chairman of the
Hoosier State Press Association’s Freedom of Information Committee. He was
inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011.
Nangle helped lead
an effort by Indiana’s seven largest newspapers to cooperate on a project
that audited all 92 Indiana counties for compliance with state open records
laws in the late 1990s. Then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon created the position of
public access counselor following that to help solve disputes over open
records and open meetings laws and other states created similar positions.
Gov. Mike Pence
said Indiana had “lost a legendary journalist whose courage and integrity
contributed to the public’s right to know.”
Nangle started his
career in 1964 and worked at newspapers in Marion, Kokomo and Franklin
before becoming managing editor of the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier in 1969.
He joined The Times in 1970 as assistant city editor and became managing
editor in 1982. He became editor emeritus upon his retirement in 2014.