Pioneering Black Journalist Dale R. Wright Dies

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The first reporter to integrate the newsroom at the old New York World Telegram and Sun has died. Dale R. Wright was 86.

Among Wright's best-known work was a ten-part investigative series in the early 1960s about the plight of migrant farm workers. The award-winning series prompted legislators to improve conditions for migrant workers. In 1965, Wright published a book, They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker, based on the series.

Wright also worked as a press secretary to notable New York politicians such as Mayor Edward Koch, Sen. Jacob K. Javits, and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

Daughter Kimberly Wright-King says her father died at a Bronx nursing home Dec. 13 of chronic kidney disease and cardiopulmonary arrest.

Wright is survived by his daughter and a son.