John Seigenthaler, Sr., the longtime editor of The Tennessean newspaper, and father of Al Jazeera America and former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler, Jr. died today.
Seigenthaler, Jr. said his father died “peacefully at home,” where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment. Seigenthaler, who was 86, began his journalism career in 1949 as a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean. He worked as a reporter and assistant city editor until 1960, when he went to work for Robert Kennedy who became attorney general in 1961.
“We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family,” a statement said.