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Thomas Leon Blount

Thomas Leon Blount, American newspaper editor.


  • Blount, Thomas Leon was born on June 13, 1935 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Joseph Leon and Helen ELizabeth (Lawson) Blount.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Journalism, University Pittsburgh, 1957.


    • Reporter Wilmington (North Carolina) Morning Star, 1957. Assistant sports editor News Journal, Mansfield, Ohio, 1957-1960. Managing editor Bedford (Pennsylvania) Daily Gazette, 1960-1961.

      Sports editor The Idaho Statesman, Boise, 1961-1964. Copy desk chief Wichita (Kansas) Eagle, 1964-1966. Reporter, projects editor The News Tribune, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 1966-1969, managing editor, 1969-1978.

      Editor Herald & Review, Decatur, Illinois, 1978-1989, High Point (North Carolina) Enterprise, since 1990. Publication board Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, 1981-1989. Editor in residence Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1985.

      University and journalism organization seminar leader various topics, since 1981.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Board visitors High Point University, 1995-1998. Board chairman Cities in Schools, 1996-1998, High Point Chamber of Commerce, 1992-1994, Alcohol and Drug Action Coalition, 1994-1996. Member Crimestoppers.

    Member Forward High Point Strategic Plan, Triad Leadership Network. Member board directors High Point Communications Foundation, Presbyterian Home of High Point. Elder Three Presbyterian Church.

    Member Pennsylvania Associate Press management Editors (past president), Illinois Associate Press Editors (past president), North Carolina Associate Press News Council (president), American Society Newspaper Editors, International Home Furnishing Club, Rotary Club High Point (president since 1998).





    • Married Betty Lou Drogus, September 9, 1957.
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    • 1957
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1957 - 1960
      assistant, sports editor News Journal
      Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1957
      Reporter Wilmington (North Carolina) Morning Star
    • 1960 - 1961
      managing editor Bedford (Pennsylvania) Daily Gazette
    • 1961 - 1964
      sports editor The Idaho Statesman
      Boise, Idaho, United States
    • 1964 - 1966
      copy desk chief Wichita (Kansas) Eagle
    • 1966 - 1969
      Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1969 - 1978
    • 1978 - 1989
      editor Herald & Review
      Decatur, Alabama, United States
    • 1990
      editor Herald & Review
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