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Veteran newsman Wesley G. Hughes dead at 88

By in Press Enterprise on August 30, 2017

By Michel Nolan

Veteran newsman and champion of human rights, Wesley G. Hughes, died Sunday of a stroke at the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, in Napa Valley.

He was 88.

Hughes’ varied career spanned more than six decades and included nine years at The Sun as a columnist and editor, and 17 years reporting and editing for the Los Angeles Times, as well as a stint as copy editor at the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Independent Press Telegram in Long Beach, and newspapers in Indianapolis, Anaheim, Fullerton, Modesto and the Record-Searchlight in Redding.

“Wes Hughes was a skilled journalist and editor who fought fiercely for quality work,” said John Bender, Politics and Topics Editor, at The Press-Enterprise.

At The Sun, Hughes shepherded award-winning projects into production and received honors for his own reports regarding child prostitution.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, who also is a crime victims advocate, was inspired by the journalist’s words. “Wes Hughes was a class act whose writing resonated with readers long after one put the paper down,” Ramos said.

“I still recall the day I read his column calling on leaders to step up and do something about child sexual assault in San Bernardino County. Inspired by his passion, I called him the next day and the rest is history,” Ramos said.

“Today, we have a Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation, a dedicated Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in our office and a countywide law enforcement human trafficking task force that consists of multiple agencies. Wes Hughes will be missed, but his words and the actions they inspired will live on,” Ramos said.

He stood up for the little guy, remembering a world that was simpler, gentler.

He wrote about anyone, anything of interest — much of it in the perspective of time.

He recalled football heroes, war heroes and Indy 500 racers.

In 2011, he wrote of childhood […]    

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