January 18, 2022

Leonard Cohen, writer for Gannett papers, dies

CRANSTON, R.I. — Leonard Cohen, a retired editorial writer for The Providence Journal and Guy Gannett Newspapers in Maine, has died. He was 82.

Cohen passed away Monday, Dec. 27, at a Providence hospice after a long illness.

He wrote editorials on foreign affairs and articles on his worldwide travels for the Journal for 20 years, retiring from the paper in 1987.

He was a president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was named to its Academy of New England Journalists, receiving a Yankee Quill Award in 1985.

Before joining the Journal, he had worked for Guy Gannett Newspapers in Portland and Augusta, Maine.

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