Legendary Journalist Harold Evans Dies at 92


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British-American Journalist, Sir Harold Evans passed away recently.

Jackson Knudson, Journalist

Harold Evans, a British-American journalist and writer, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92 from non-COVID-related health complications.

In a year absolutely packed with meaningful, impactful deaths, it would seem unsurprising that yet another major figure of one field or another would pass. Just last week, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, legendary Supreme Court Justice, passed away at the age of 87. And yesterday, a mere five days after her death, British-American Journalist and Editor Harold Evans passed from congestive heart failure. This was confirmed by his now-former employer, Reuters. 

Evans was the editor of the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and the editorial chief and vice-chairmen of the U.S News & World Report, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2000. He was widely regarded across his field for his accomplishments, including his work on the book titled They Made America. It was about the lives of some of the country’s most important inventors and innovators. 

In general, his passing is both incredibly major, and tragically minor. Major in the sense that he was a defining and driving presence in the world of journalism throughout his illustrious career, but depressingly minor in the sense that he is simply another name in an ever-growing list of tragic passings in the last twelve-or-so months.