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Gene Payne passes at age 91

Gene Payne, former editorial cartoonist for The Charlotte Observer has passed away at the age of 91. During his career he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968.

“He had a loyal following of readers, particularly people who were interested in local issues and local government,” said former Observer publisher Rolfe Neill, who was a reporter when Payne was hired at the Observer in 1958. “They saw him as a conservative guy who could keep people honest.”

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