Walter Pulliam, Tennessee journalism icon, dies at 101

Tennessee’s senior journalist has died.

Walter Pulliam was 101 when he passed away Sunday. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and former New Sentinel reporter, he also was a World War II correspondent for Stars and Stripes and an assistant city editor for The Washington Post.

Walter Pulliam during his 100th birthday party last year.

Walter Pulliam during his 100th birthday party last year.

During the 1950s, he returned to East Tennessee and bought the Harriman Record. He went on to be a leader in Tennessee journalism, serving as president of the Tennessee Press Association, which he led  in creating the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame, which exists today at the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

Last year, the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a 100th birthday party for Walter, and he regaled the gathering with his sharp memories of reporting the news in an era long before blogs, or even computers.

He will be missed.