Tony Heffernan, who was the BusinessWeek Atlanta bureau chief and later the business editor of the Gwinnett Daily News, has died at the age of 83.
Dan Kolber writes for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “In 1970 he went to work for Reuters in New York City, his hometown. He was immediately dispatched to Ft. Benning, in Columbus, Ga., to cover the court martial trial of William Calley, who was a U.S. Army officer convicted of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, which occurred on March 16, 1968.
“During the massacre 500 helpless members of the My Lai hamlet, mostly women and children and the elderly, were lined up and executed. Once again, Tony’s reporting had a significant impact and played a role in hastening the end of the Viet Nam war.
“In 1973 Tony was in charge of Business Week’s Atlanta office. He and his wife Virgie settled down in Ansley Park. If you have lived in Atlanta for any length of time, you most certainly have read some of Tony’s writing. He was the Business Editor for the Gwinnett Daily News, and when the New York Times shuttered that, Tony freelanced for virtually every newspaper and magazine in Atlanta.”
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