Pulitzer winner Turner, 89, dies

Journalist worked for N.Y. Times

Wallace Turner, a tenacious investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 with the Portland Oregonian and later became a bureau chief in San Francisco and Seattle for the New York Times, has died. He was 89.

Turner died Saturday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Ore., of complications from old age, said his daughter Kathy.

Turner and fellow Oregonian reporter William Lambert shared the Pulitzer for local reporting for their examination of corruption involving Portland officials and the Teamsters Union.

Turner worked for the New York Times as a writer and bureau chief in San Francisco and Seattle from 1962 until his retirement in the late 1980s.

Among the stories he covered were the 1978 shootings of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by former Supervisor Dan White.

Henry Weinstein, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and longtime friend of Turner, recalled how Turner’s account in the New York Times included information not found elsewhere.

“Wally paced off the distance between Moscone’s office and Milk’s office and described that distance in his piece,” Weinstein said in an e-mail. “The detail was devastating. It was classic Wally – brilliant simplicity.”


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