Welcome

Thank you for visiting Paducahsun.com, online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Gore, Kennedy clan at funeral for press icon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family joined hundreds of other mourners Monday for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler, whose career spanned the civil rights struggle in the South and contemporary battles for media openness in the digital age.

"We lost a giant," said Gore following the Mass in Nashville, which was attended by more than 600 people from the worlds of politics, media, humanitarian groups and entertainment.

The funeral reflected the wide reach of Seigenthaler's career, which included leading the newspapers The Tennessean and USA Today and working as a civil rights adviser during the administration of John F. Kennedy. Seigenthaler also was part of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign and a pallbearer at Kennedy's funeral after his assassination in 1968.

Seigenthaler later directed a center at Vanderbilt University dedicated to media freedoms and First Amendment rights for established news outlets as well as the evolving landscape of online journalism. He died Friday at his home in Nashville.

Charles Strobel, the founder of a homeless outreach group in Nashville, delivered the eulogy in which he said Seigenthaler's commitment to the principles of equality and fairness was "deeply spiritual."

"He spent a lifetime coming to the defense of others," Strobel said.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha fe892024261d4972ae184b5f3cc9b748
Top Classifieds
  • Complete Dining Room Set $4,200. Futo ... Details
  • Bedroom Suites New in Boxes. 6pc. sle ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in pl ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Details
  • FAIRHURST BUILDING Professional Offic ... Details
  • FIXER UPPER FOR SALE $20,000. 270-853 ... Details
  • 3 bdrm. 3 bath, 2450 sq. ft. in Weste ... Details
  • Chevy Impala '11Exc. cond., load ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Twin tragedies give survivor a new face
  2. State lawmakers dread backlash from giving themselves a raise
  3. People and Business
  1. Interstate Exit 4 area attracts most local retail development
  2. Chamber Breakfast to feature federal Maritime administrator
  3. Racers blank Samford in Birmingham
  1. Twin tragedies give survivor a new face
  2. State lawmakers dread backlash from giving themselves a raise
  3. People and Business
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...