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McCandlish Phillips, Times Reporter Who Exposed Jewish Klansman, Dies at 85

posted on April 10, 2013

Former New York Times reporter McCandlish Phillips died at 85 on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia, reports Margalit Fox, also of the Times. Even in a newsroom packed with luminaries, Fox writes that Phillips “stood out as a tenacious reporter and a lyrical stylist,” most known for his article exposing the Jewish background of a Ku Klux Klan leader who later committed suicide. Fox continues, “An evangelical Christian, he kept a Bible on his desk and led prayer meetings for like-minded colleagues (there were none when he joined the paper, he noted ruefully).” After 20 years, Phillips left the Times to pursue a life in religion. 

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