Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at age 81

The Washington Post is reporting that Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Haynes Johnson has died. He was 81.

The newspaper reported Johnson died Friday at a Bethesda hospital.

Johnson was awarded a Pulitzer in 1966 for reporting on the civil rights struggle in Selma, Ala., while with the Washington Star. He spent about 12 years at the Star before joining its chief rival, the Washington Post, in 1969. He was a columnist for the Post from 1977 to 1994.

The author, co-author or editor of 18 books, Johnson also appeared regularly on the PBS programs "Washington Week in Review" and "The NewsHour." He was a member of the "NewsHour" historians panel from 1994 to 2004.

The New York City native had been a journalism professor at the University of Maryland since 1998.