Longtime Canadian journalist dies

Bob Hull, longtime editor and reporter, died in a Windsor hospital this week.

Hull is former editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times and publisher of the North Bay Nugget.

He started his career in journalism as a reporter at the Windsor Star in 1957 and also worked at the Kichener-Waterloo Record, the Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. In 1969, he was president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

“We’ve lost the passion of somebody who believed that the news was important,” said former Sun Times city editor Sharon Burnside, who got her start at The Sun Times thanks to Mr. Hull in 1975 and left as city editor in 1986.

“He just passionately believed that people’s best chance for making good decisions was to be well informed. And he believed it was the duty of the press to let the people know what government institutions were doing or not doing on their behalf,” said Burnside, who later become managing editor at the Ottawa Citizen and then was responsible for training at the Toronto Star.