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John L. Dotson Jr., a longtime journalist, editor and newspaper publisher who championed diversity in the newsroom, has died at age 76.
Dotson's family confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that he died Friday in Boulder, Colo., of mantle cell lymphoma. During his long career, Dotson served as an editor at Newsweek and the publisher of two newspapers, including The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
Dotson was an early advocate for minorities and women journalists, joining others in establishing the Institute for Journalism Education in 1977, now the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The organization pushed for diversity in newsrooms throughout the country.
Dotson was publisher and president of The Beacon Journal from 1992 until his retirement in 2001.