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newspaperman , writer

James Deakin, American Writer, former newspaperman. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus citation Washington University, 1973, Merriman Smith award for White House reporting, 1977; Markle Foundation grantee, 1981. Member White House Corrs. Association (president 1974-1975).

Background

Deakin, James was born on December 3, 1929 in St. Louis. Son of Rogers and Dorothy (Jeffrey) Deakin.

Education

Deakin studied and reported the administrations of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Career

In 1951, he joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and worked as a white house correspondent. In 1954, he was appointed to the Washington Bureau during the Eisenhower administration. From 1958-1980, Deakin covered the White House.

In 1981, he retired from The Post-Dispatch and ended up teaching courses in journalism at George Washington University until 1987. Deakin died at the age of 77 from liver cancer in June 2007 in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Works

Membership

Member White House Corrs. Association (president 1974-1975).

Connections

Married Doris Marie Kanter, April 14, 1956. 1 son, David Andrew.

father:
Rogers Deakin

mother:
Dorothy (Jeffrey) Deakin

spouse:
Doris Marie Kanter