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Journalist Washington passes away

March 15, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Auto journalist and National Newspaper Publishers Association columnist Frank Washington has died.

Frank Washington (Photo/The Atlanta Voice)

An excerpt from the announcement by The Atlanta Voice reads:

Washington’s family confirmed his death to the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

His career in journalism and communications spanned several decades.

According to his LinkedIn bio, Washington’s career gave him a unique view of media relations, public relations, event planning and publishing, the World Wide Web, editing, and reporting.

His writings include articles for Advertising Age, Ebony,, Fortune, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, The New York Times, and Time magazines.

Washington also spent much time covering the auto industry for African Americans on Wheels, Auto Executive, Automotive News, Automotive News Marketer, Savoy, Ward’s Auto World, Ward’s Automotive Reports, Ward’s Dealer Business, the Detroit News Online, and the Detroit News.

In 1989, he became Newsweek magazine’s Detroit bureau chief after serving as the city’s correspondent for one year.

In addition to automotive journalism, Washington reported on the 1992 Democratic presidential primary.

Frank continued as managing partner/editor of, and his nationally syndicated column appeared in the more than 230 African-American-owned newspapers represented by the NNPA.

Additionally, Washington produced segments for ABC’s Good Morning America and the Mutual Broadcasting (Radio) Network.

He also gave his opinion on The Today Show on NBC, the MBC Network, Newsweek on Air, and many radio news talk shows.

Washington was the editor-in-chief, the editor-at-large, the managing editor, the advertising and marketing editor, the bureau chief, a correspondent, a staff writer, a reporter, a producer, and a contributing editor.

Washington’s brother, James, is the publisher emeritus of the Dallas Weekly and president and general manager of the Atlanta Voice.”

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