I just read on my old friend John Cornett’s Facebook post where former Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reporter Connie Johnson died. John was an executive at the L-E and worked with Connie for a long time. My old sailing buddy and former Columbus Councilor Jack Bassett tells me she died in an automobile accident in her home town in Mississippi a week ago. She was 89 years old. Her late husband Carlton was an editor. Both were top-flight journalists. The word that comes to mind is integrity.
Connie and I covered a lot of stories together, she for the paper and I for WRBL-TV. Naturally, I usually broke the story before she did because of the immediacy of TV news, but she would always do a much longer comprehensive report that contained things I wished I had the time to report.
People like Connie and Carlton represented responsible journalism at its best. Not only did I admire and respect them, I liked them a lot.