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WASHINGTON — Charles S. ‘‘Chuck’’ Stone Jr., a prominent and pioneering American journalist who touched and shaped many lives as a newspaper columnist, university professor and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 89.
His death was confirmed by his daughter Krishna, who said he had been suffering from congestive heart failure.
Over a long and groundbreaking career at the highest levels of journalism and public debate, Mr. Stone was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, an aide to Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Democrat of New York, and a man so trusted by the readers of his Philadelphia Daily News column that dozens of homicide suspects insisted in surrendering to him.