Longtime newspaper columnist Donald Kaul dies at age 83
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Kaul, a longtime newspaper columnist and a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice over, has died. He was 83.
His son, Chris Kaul, tells the Des Moines Register that his father died Sunday at his home in Washington, D.C., following a long battle with prostate cancer that spread to his skeleton.
Kaul started his journalism career at the Des Moines Tribune, an afternoon newspaper, in the early 1960s covering public safety and other topics. He took over the “Over the Coffee” column in 1965. Kaul transformed the column, which had been a light feature that included society gossip, into a humorous and often acerbic commentary on current events.
At his height, Kaul’s column was syndicated in 150 newspapers.
His column was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1987, when he wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and again in 1999 for the Register.
Kaul was also co-founder of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, known as RAGBRAI.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com