John Seigenthaler (1927-2014)

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Baker Center Board member, journalist, and champion for civil rights, John Seigenthaler, has passed away at the age of 86 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The former editor of The Tennessean, co-founder of USA Today, author, and founder of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, John was an avid supporter of the Baker Center. He used his talent as a journalist to interview Sen. Baker several times and to moderate and speak at many Baker Center programs. John helped to bring noted speakers to the Baker Center, including the late David Halberstam and Art Buchwald, Vice President Al Gore and journalist, Jon Meachum, to mention a few. He moderated panels and spoke at our 2005 “Votes & Jokes” program and 2009 “Tent City.” He even hosted “Civility in Governance” in 2008 at the First Amendment Center, featuring Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, along with Gov. Phil Bredesen. He was also an author, and wrote James K Polk (2004) and A Search for Justice (1971).
John Seigenthaler was a wonderful man and great friend of the Baker Center and he will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm, July 13 at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, 1207 18th Ave. S. The funeral will be held at 10 am July 14 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, TN.