Former Birmingham News editor Victor Hanson II dies | News from USA®


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) – Victor Hanson II, a former editor of The Birmingham News who held several positions before taking on the managerial post, died on Friday. He was 91 years old.

His son Victor Hanson III said his father died in hospital sleep after a brief illness, leaving his wife of 68, Elizabeth S. Hanson, and five children.

“He has a great heritage,” Hanson said in an interview.

Hanson’s family owned the newspaper for decades in the early 1900s, and he began working there after graduating from the University of Alabama in 1954, working jobs that included reporting and sales. of advertising, reported The Newhouse family retained the Hansons leadership after purchasing the News in 1955, and Hanson was named president in 1980 and editor three years later.

Hanson oversaw the editorial board when the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for editorials on inequalities in Alabama’s tax system in 1991.

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Hanson, who also held several civic leadership positions, retired as editor in 2000 and ceded the title to Victor Hanson III, who has also since retired. Daughter Elizabeth Hanson Chick told her father “has always been larger than life in our family, very loving to all of us including the (20) great grandchildren; he adored them all”.

Advance, owned by Newhouse, owns Advance Local, which includes and The Birmingham News.

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