Mar 02

Longtime South Carolina journalist John Shurr dies – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – John Shurr, a longtime journalist & open government advocate who was The Associated Press’ bureau chief in South Carolina for 20 years, has died. He was 67. Shurr died at his home Sunday morning, said Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, & a longtime friend. Shurr played the key role in bringing cameras & microphones inside South Carolina courts & was a longtime chairman of the South Carolina Press Association’s Freedom of Information Committee. After his retirement in 2007, Shurr gave an interview to the press group, saying his work on Freedom of Information Act lawsuits that helped bring down University of South Carolina President James Holderman was his favorite part of his legacy. During the lawsuits, the university foundation said it accidentally threw out four years of records, yet Shurr received a tip the documents were intentionally dumped in a landfill. Shurr & The Greenville News rented heavy equipment & dug them up. The foundation’s financial director would after tell authorities he was told to destroy them. Holderman was eventually charged with tax evasion. …

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