Longtime Milwaukee journalist Gregory Stanford dies at 72

Gregory Stanford, Milwaukee Journal
Gregory Stanford

Gregory Stanford, whose career with The Milwaukee Journal and Journal Sentinel spanned four decades, died Saturday, April 6, of lung cancer. He was 72.

Stanford grew up in the Washington D.C. area before attending Marquette University beginning in 1964. He launched his newspaper career in 1971 as a general assignment reporter for The Journal and went on to also cover federal courts and urban affairs.

In 1988, Stanford joined the editorial board and started writing a column. He continued in that role for 19 years until his retirement in 2007.

Stanford was remembered by colleagues as a kind and generous man, a wonderful listener and a great mentor to young journalists. Journal Sentinel reporter James Causey wrote about the important role Stanford played in his life, calling him “the reason I got involved in journalism” and “almost a second father.”

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