2009-07-09 / Local & State

Former Bulletin Publisher Robert Taylor Dies At 96

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - A former publisher of Philadelphia's Bulletin newspaper who championed a free press has died.

Robert E. Lee Taylor Jr. was 96. He died of undisclosed causes Thursday at his home in suburban Bryn Mawr.

Taylor began working at the Bulletin in 1935 after graduating from Princeton University. He then served in the Navy during World War II.

Taylor returned to the Bulletin, becoming president in 1959 and publisher from 1964 to 1975. The paper won two Pulitzers during his tenure.

In 1963, Taylor and the paper's city editor were sentenced to jail for refusing divulge sources on corruption stories. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the ruling, citing the state's Shield Law.

Taylor is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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