Ben H. Bagdikian, a renowned journalist, newspaper executive, media critic and professor who helped publish the
His wife, Marlene Griffith Bagdikian, said he died Friday morning at his home in Berkeley.
His five-decade career in journalism was adventurous. In the 1950s he covered the civil rights struggle, including the Little Rock school integration crisis, and rode with an Israeli tank crew during the Suez crisis.
In the 1970s, he obtained the Pentagon Papers — a secret history of U.S. strategy and involvement in Vietnam — for the Washington Post from
In 1976 Bagdikian joined the journalism faculty at UC Berkeley. He later became dean of the graduate school of journalism, retiring in 1990.