Washington Post senior editor Chris Sorensen says he “couldn’t be happier” to announce that a postmortem obituary has been selected for The Washington Post’s Washington Post Obituaries website.
The obit for former Washington Post columnist Jim Hays, who died in March 2018, was published online in June 2018.
Hays was awarded the Posthumous Posthumously Award for his service to the Post as a reporter, columnist, and columnist.
Hays was one of the few people to be appointed to the Pulitzer Prize for news writing in 1964.
His obit was published in The Washington Examiner on Dec. 12, 1960, the same day he was nominated for the Pulitzer for his reporting on the civil rights movement.
Hayes had been nominated for a Pulitzer in 1960 but was not awarded.
He wrote three articles for The Examiner during his tenure at the Post, including one in which he criticized the administration of then-president Lyndon Johnson for failing to support the civil war-era Democrats in Congress.HAYS, who was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1932, spent four years at the Louisville Courier-Journal before joining the Post in 1952.
He became the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief in 1963, and served there until retiring in 2004.
He was also a managing editor of the paper’s online news division from 2002 to 2007.
In 2009, he was awarded a Posthumus Medal for his “service to the news business” in The Post’s obit, a distinction that he had earned three times before.
HAYS died on May 23, 2019.