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Journalist John Seigenthaler, 86, Father Of Weston Resident

Legendary journalist John Seigenthaler died on Friday. His son, a news anchor for Al Jazeera America, lives in Weston with his wife and son.
Legendary journalist John Seigenthaler died on Friday. His son, a news anchor for Al Jazeera America, lives in Weston with his wife and son. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WESTON, Conn. -- Legendary Tennessee journalist John Seigenthaler, father of Weston resident and journalist John Michael Seigenthaler, died Friday in his home in Nashville. He was 86.

"We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family," his son said in a statement. "He was proud of his hometown, Nashville, and grateful for the opportunity to share his energy and passion with this community."

He was known as a prominent defender of First Amendment rights and served as Robert F. Kennedy's administrative assistant and was the U.S. senator's longtime friend.

Read his full obituary online at the Tennessean, where he served as a longtime editor.

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