Jack Nelson

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Jack Nelson, who died on 21 October aged 80, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times and was the paper's Washington bureau chief for 20 years.

As a reporter with The Atlanta Constitution in 1960, he won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for exposing malpractice and other problems at the 12,000-patient state mental hospital in Georgia. Two of his five books stemmed from his civil rights reporting: The Orangeburg Massacre, which chronicled the 1968 incident in which police fired into a crowd of young protesters at South Carolina State College, killing three, and Terror in the Night: The Klan's Campaign Against the Jews."