Thursday, September 08, 2011

Former GNS chief Washington reporter Ringle dies

From a report in The Washington Post:

William Ringle, a chief Washington correspondent for Gannett News Service who nimbly covered foreign policy and national affairs and who was known for taking a dim view of opinion writing, died Monday at a retirement home in Davidson, N.C. He was 88.

The death, from colon cancer, was confirmed by a former colleague, columnist Jack Germond, who called Ringle "one of the finest reporters I ever knew."

When he retired in 1988, Gannett honored him with a Best of Gannett Lifetime Achievement Award.

A funeral mass is scheduled for tomorrow (Sept. 9) at 2 p.m. ET at St. Therese Catholic Church, 217 Brawley School Rd., in Mooresville, N.C. A reception for friends is planned at The Pines retirement home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to

Ringle started at the old Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union in 1951, and later wrote editorials for the Saratogian -- a job he found less than rewarding, according to the Post's Adam Bernstein.

He made the piquant observation, Bernstein noted: “Editorial writing is like wetting your pants in a blue serge suit. It gives you a nice warm feeling all over, and nobody notices."


  1. Wonderful, funny guy. Sunny disposition all the time. If you saw him frowning, it was only because he was thinking of something unpleasant. We need more of him in Washington these days.

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