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Martinsville publisher Robert Haskell III dies

Monday - 1/7/2013, 3:31pm  ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Robert H. Haskell III, longtime publisher of the Martinsville Bulletin, has died. He was 73.

Haskell died Friday at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, the newspaper ( said.

He had served as publisher since 1989. During his tenure, the newspaper underwent a number of changes, including moving from hot metal production to offset printing and the computer and digital age. On Aug. 1, 2000, the Bulletin switched from an afternoon newspaper to a morning newspaper.

Haskell joined the Bulletin on July 20, 1970. He previously had worked as a reporter for several publications in the Washington, D.C. area.

"My good friend Robert Haskell was the best newspaper man I have ever known. His sense of fairness, his curiosity, his pursuit of the story and his commitment to coverage of local news is why the Martinsville Bulletin has loyal readers and one of the highest market penetrations of daily newspapers in Virginia," said George Harris, general manager of the Bulletin. "He will be greatly missed, but the Bulletin will strive to continue the same journalistic integrity and commitment to its readers that he has exemplified for more than 40 years."

McKee-Stone Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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