Community leaders, family mourn death of longtime Michigan Chronicle publisher Sam Logan

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Sam Logan's career with the Michigan Chronicle spanned decades. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Chronicle)



Detroit — Sam Logan, longtime publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, a weekly publication considered the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, died Wednesday. He was 78.

Logan, whose career at the newspaper stretched back to the early 1960s, is credited with keeping the Chronicle a viable outlet for the black community.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our father and grandfather Samuel Logan, longtime and legendary publisher of the Michigan Chronicle,” his family said in an email statement signed by Diane Taylor, Rhonda Terry, Tierra Logan and Rashad Logan.

“We thank everyone for their prayers and support at this time of grief.”

The Rev. Wendell Anthony, head of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, said: “An icon has passed in our community. He was an example of black journalism in the African-American community that transcended many, many generations. … When we did not have a voice, we had it through the Michigan Chronicle and through Sam Logan.”

His leadership transcended politics and race, Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Sam Logan was a pioneer in Michigan journalism and a courageous advocate for Michigan’s African-American community.”

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing called Logan “a loyal friend who will be deeply missed by all Detroiters.”

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said he was “deeply saddened” by Logan’s passing.

“He worked tirelessly for his craft and was a man of extreme integrity,” Ficano said. “He has been a trailblazer in his field and an accomplished journalist whose legacy will live on for our community to learn from and be inspired by.”

Arthur Horwitz, publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, said Logan, the Chronicle and community leadership “are all synonymous.”

Logan “understood and appreciated the role all minority and ethnic media play in helping to shape the narrative about Detroit and southeast Michigan,” Horwitz said. “The Chronicle, under Sam’s guidance, was in the forefront of collaborating with all who were interested in elevating Detroit and Detroiters, regardless of what side of Eight Mile Road they inhabited.”

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Swanson Funeral Home and will be announced at a later date, the family said.

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