West Virginia Author Dies

By: The Charleston Gazette
By: The Charleston Gazette

West Virginia native and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Lee Stafford has died. He was 83.

According to his obituary in The Charleston
Gazette, Stafford died March 19th of leukemia at his home in
Springfield, Virginia.

Stafford and Bette Orsini shared the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for
national reporting for a 14-part series of articles describing how
members of the Church of Scientology infiltrated government

Stafford, a West Virginia University graduate, worked as a
reporter for The Associated Press in Huntington, Baltimore,
Maryland, and New York before becoming A-P bureau chief in Tampa,

The Grafton native and World War Two veteran moved to
Washington, D-C, as a correspondent for The Tampa Tribune. He
retired in 1989 after 21 years as national correspondent for the
St. Petersburg Times.

As a journalist, he covered politics and the U-S space program.
He also wrote about Pope John Paul the Second's 1987 visit to the
United States and the Reagan-Gorbachev summit.

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