Iconic Chattanooga newspaperman, Lee Anderson, dies in Atlanta

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Longtime Chattanooga News Free Press publisher Lee Anderson has died at the age of 90.

Anderson joined the newspaper when he was just 16 and stayed with it for 70 years.

He retired as the paper’s publisher in 2012 and moved to Atlanta.

Anderson was also contributed to Chattanooga life in several other institutions, including The United Way, the Chattanooga Rotary Club and First Presbyterian Church.

Senator Bob Corker paid him this tribute on Thursday.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of an exceptional Tennessean and a Chattanooga icon,” said Corker. “Lee Anderson’s impact on our city through his many roles at the paper, his civic service, and his passion for serving others, cannot be overstated. I am fortunate to have known him most of my adult life and will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family, his former colleagues at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and all those across our city and state who were touched by his life.”

Senator Lamar Alexander adds “I never knew a more principled or hardworking newspaperman than Lee Anderson. He was usually in his office at the Free Press at 4 a.m. pounding out conservative editorials. He was unfailingly polite and professional. It was a privilege to know him and to read his tightly written opinions. He made an enormous contribution to Chattanooga and to Tennessee.”

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