Former Daily News Editor James G. Wieghart Dies at 76

James G. Wieghart, who devoted upwards of 60 years to journalism in various capacities at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The New York Daily News, and Central Michigan University’s Department of Journalism, died Sunday at the age of 76.

We learned the news via a press release at EON Monday evening.

By many accounts, Wieghart was the consummate hard-hitting newsman of the old school. He cut his teeth covering corruption and crime for the Journal-Sentinel for about a decade before joining the Daily News as a Washington correspondent in 1969. He covered the Defense Department for three presidencies, starting with Nixon and ending with Carter.

Later, in 1981, he moved to New York to become the Daily News‘ executive editor, then editor and senior vice president. His illustrious career also includes investigation of the Iran-Contra affair, work as a syndicated columnist for Scripps-Howard, and service under the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon; four daughters Michelle, Elizabeth, Bridget, and Rebecca, and six grandchildren.