Veteran investigative reporter and editor Gene Miller won two Pulitzer Prizes over his lifetime and made an impact on countless young reporters as a mentor. His first journalism position was with the Journal Gazette, stopping only to join the Army during the Korean War. After leaving, he worked for the Wall Street Journal and then the News Leader. In 1957, he started his career with The Miami Herald and stayed there until the end of his days. He wrote two nonfiction books, 83 Hours till Dawn and Invitation to a Lynching. In his later years, he acted as an editor for those needing help with their articles and a writing coach. He passed away in June 2005 at the age of 76 due to cancer.
Gene's first Pulitzer Prize in 1967 was for his investigative work with the cases of Joe Shea and Mary Katherin Hamptom, both innocent yet convicted of murder. Both not guilty and falsely sentenced, they were released due to his reporting. The second Pulitzer was after his story helped free two Death Row inmates who had false murder confessions beaten out of them by the police. He also was the editor for two additional Pulitzer Prize wins from the Miami Herald.
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