COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Associated Press reporter and editor Joe McKnight, an Alabama native who spent most of his 40-year AP career in Ohio, has died at his home in Columbus. He was 94.

His wife Peggy McKnight says he died Monday after his health began failing several weeks ago.

The Selma native joined The Associated Press in Atlanta in 1951, and worked in Birmingham and Wichita, Kansas, offices before Columbus. Over his 24 years with AP in Ohio, he served as state enterprise editor and assistant chief of bureau.

After retirement, McKnight served as editor of Cleartime, the retiree newsletter/column for more than a decade.

He and his wife were avid water and snow skiers.

Besides his wife, he is survived by their three sons, four grandsons and one great-grandson.

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