Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Les Payne died Monday night at his home in Harlem. He died unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest. He was 76.
Payne was part of a reporting team that published a 33-part series titled “The Heroin Trail,” for Newsday. The series won the 1974 Pulitzer prize in journalism.
Payne, a Vietnam veteran, was a founding member and president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
He worked nearly four decades at Newsday, rising to associate managing editor before retiring in 2006. Payne was a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.