Veteran Newsman Remembered

citizen | 1/4/2012, 6:06 p.m.
Sam Logan Jr., a prominent Detroit newspaper publisher passed away Dec.28. He was 78 years...
Michigan Chronicle Publisher Sam Logan Jr. died Dec. 28. He was 78. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas)

Sam Logan Jr., a prominent Detroit newspaper publisher passed away Dec.28. He was 78 years old.

Logan published the Michigan Chronicle and founded the Michigan Front Page newspapers. He is credited with making significant contributions to the Black Press and the journalism industry respectively.

Logans family released a statement following his death.

"It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our father and grandfather Samuel Logan, longtime and legendary publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. At 78 our father lived a fulfilled life of service to Detroit and this nation. We thank everyone for their prayers and support at this time of grief."

William Garth Sr., CEO, Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group, a longtime colleague of Logan, reflected on his life.

Ive known him a long time. I wasnt even a publisher at the time and he treated me fairly. We got along pretty good and he was very knowledgeable of publishing. He was a community activist and had a lot of community involvement. He is going to be missed in Detroit, he said.

Logan, a Louisiana native, started his career at the Chronicle as a writer and delivering newspapers.

He eventually became publisher, a role he held for over40 years.

Logan was outspoken on critical issues pertinent to the Black community including public education and race relations. According to reports, his cause of the death had not yet been determined.

Sam Logan was more than a Detroit icon, he was a respected pioneer in Black journalism who championed the need for coverage of a community not totally served by the mainstream media,"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said in a written statement. More importantly, Sam was a loyal friend who will be deeply missed by all Detroiters.

Visitation for Logan will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit. The funeral will be held Friday at Greater Grace Temple also in Detroit at 10 a.m.

The Chronicle announced that Hiram Jackson, CEO of its parent company, Real Times Media Inc., will serve as the papers interim publisher.

I am humbled to be asked by the board to carry on his mission on an interim basis. I do this knowing that Sams first order to all of us at this time of great sorrow and loss for all of us would be to focus on continuing to get his newspaper out on time. We are going to do that, said Jackson.

By Thelma Sardin