Remembering Marvin Stone

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Marvin Stoneís start in the news business came when he
was hired as a reporter at The Herald-Dispatch. He
 rose to become editor in chief at one of the
 nationís leading magazines, U.S. News
& World Report.

Courtesy of James E. Casto

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The late Marvin L. Stone was a Marshall College (now University)
 graduate and former reporter with The Herald-Dispatch who
maintained close ties with the school and the community
 throughout his distinguished career.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1924, Stone came to Huntington
in 1941 to enroll at Marshall and managed to land a reporting
job at the newspaper. He spent two years at Marshall
before leaving to join the Navy, serving three
World War II years in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, he returned to Marshall and his reporting job at the
 H-D. Graduating in 1948, he left Huntington to enter graduate
 school at Columbia University in New York City. Graduating
from Columbia in 1949, he worked as a foreign correspondent
 with the old International News Service (INS), covering the
Korean War, the fall of French-held Dien Bien Phu
 in Vietnam and the rise of the Berlin Wall.

In 1960, Stone joined one of the nationís leading magazines,
 U.S. News & World Report, where he rose to become the
magazineís editor in chief from 1976 to 1985. In that
role, he oversaw a shift toward the center from the
more conservative views of David Lawrence,
 the news magazineís founder.

In 1985, he accepted an offer from the Reagan administration to
 become the deputy director of the U.S. Information Agency
 (USIA). From 1989 to 1995, he was president and
chairman of the International Media Fund, an
organization dedicated to furthering
 a free press in Eastern Europe.

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Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on Feb. 6, 2024.

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