As Tennessean editor, John Seigenthaler led coverage of the civil rights movement when most southern newspapers ignored it and exposed corruption in the Teamsters union and illicit activities of the Ku Klux Klan. “I just can’t think of anything I could have done with my life that would have been more meaningful” than journalism, he said. (Photo: File / The Tennessean)
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published Friday, July 11th, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the John F. Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.