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Pioneering journalist and author Haynes Johnson has died.

He launched his journalism career writing about the Civil Rights movement in Selma, Ala. That reporting won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1966. Three years later, legendary editor Ben Bradlee recruited him to the Washington Post, where he worked until 1994, pioneering a new style of political reporting.

Johnson also wrote more than a dozen books, and made frequent TV appearances as a commentator. He was a professor and Knight Chair of Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland up until his death, and attended that school's graduation just days ago.

Johnson suffered a heart attack Friday, and died at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 81.

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