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Fifty-four journalists have started a campaign to award a posthumous Pulitzer to a reporter who broke one of the biggest stories in World War II and was fired as a result. The reporter was Edward Kennedy of the Associated Press (1905-1963). His story was the scoop of a lifetime: He was the first to report the surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. His dispatch was accurate, but he defied political and military censors who wanted to keep the surrender secret for 36 hours. He went on to a distinguished career as an editor in California, dying at the age of 58 after an automobile accident in Monterey in 1963. In the spring of 2012 – 67 years after the event, the AP apologized. Tom Curley, AP president, said the incident was handled in the worst possible way . . . Kennedy did everything right. Panelists discuss the Kennedy project at the 135th annual winter meeting of the California Press Association Dec. 7, 2012, at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco. Panelists include Ray March of the Modoc Independent News in Cedarville, Julia Kennedy Cochran of Bend, Ore., daughter of Ed Kennedy, and David Perlman, 93, science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Introducing the panelists is Ward Bushee, executive vice president and editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Introducing Bushee is Bruce Brugmann, former owner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. At the end of the program are Becky Clark, CalPress president, and Allen McCombs of Chino who presents Julia with a special newspaper of her father's work.+ More details
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