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NABJ Mourns the Loss of Esteemed Journalist Ken Bunting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the passing of Ken Bunting, former associate publisher and executive editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Bunting, 65, died April 20 in Columbia, Mo., after a heart attack, according to the National Freedom of Information Coalition. Bunting served as executive director of the coalition until earlier this year.

“Ken was a strong defender of the First Amendment and a loyal NABJ member,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “He was a role model for many, many people across the country and was universally respected. His voice, his influence and his leadership will be missed.”

In a statement on its website, the coalition – located at the University of Missouri - called Bunting "a strong voice for Freedom of Information (FOI) and government transparency and a great advocate for state coalition groups trying to fight off encroachments on their open government laws.”

According to the Post-Intelligencer, Bunting was associate publisher of the paper until it closed its print operation and went online only in March 2009. He also served as managing editor and executive editor.

On his watch, the newspaper won several regional and national awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the paper reported.

Bunting came to Seattle from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he had been state capital bureau chief, city editor and assistant managing editor.

Bunting, who was born in Houston, also worked at the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Cincinnati Post, San Antonio Express-News and Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Bunting is survived by his wife, Juli, and son, Maxwell.


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit

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