The Russell Library remembers Aubrey Morris, who died today at the age of 88. Morris was born in Roswell, Georgia, and grew up writing for the local newspaper. He attended the University of Georgia and studied journalism. He worked as an intern for the Atlanta Journal, and edited the UGA yearbook. On the day of his college graduation, he started as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, and covered Atlanta and city hall. He also started the first public information office at the state transportation department. After thirteen years at the Journal, he joined WSB, and helped to develop the first radio news department in Georgia. He covered the major events, state-wide, national, and international, of the day, including desegregation, the Vietnam War, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He served for thirty years as news and editorial director at WSB. In 1987, he retired.
In 2009 Aubrey sat down with Bob Short, for the Russell Library’s Reflections on Georgia Politics oral history series, and talked about his experiences covering politics, including this story Martin Luther King, Jr’s rise in Atlanta.