Legendary Philadelphia Consumer Reporter Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Herbert S. Denenberg, 80, who transformed an obscure state office into a high-profile platform for consumer advocacy and went on to become a local media legend, died Thursday at his home in Wayne.

Mr. Denenberg had not been ill and apparently had a heart attack, said his wife of almost 52 years, Naomi.

As Pennsylvania insurance commissioner in the early 1970s under Gov. Milton J. Shapp, Mr. Denenberg helped revolutionize the auto-insurance industry by championing the “no-fault” concept. More…