FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Roy Parker Jr., a journalist whose career covered newspapers across North Carolina, has died. He was 83.
Scott Parker said his father died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his Fayetteville home.
The elder Parker began his career in 1957 as the editor of family-owned weekly newspapers in eastern North Carolina. He spent 15 years with The News & Observer of Raleigh as a state government reporter and Washington correspondent. He was also a Canadian Broadcasting Company commentator.
In 1973, Parker founded The Fayetteville Times and served as its editor until he became a contributing editor for The Fayetteville Observer-Times in 1990.
Parker also won the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor, in 2006.
He is survived by his wife and two other children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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