Kenneth Freeman Bunting

Kenneth Freeman Bunting, 65, a former newspaper executive and free press advocate, died Sunday of a heart attack while playing tennis in Columbia, Mo.
His death was announced by the National Freedom of Information Coalition, for which Bunting was executive director from 2010 until earlier this year. The free press group is based at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
“Even after he left, he continued to support NFOIC, helping to connect people looking for (Freedom of Information) help and reminding us of pending deadlines and First Amendment news stories of note,” the coalition said in a statement on its website. “He was a strong voice for FOI and government transparency and a great advocate for state coalition groups trying to fight off encroachments on their open government laws. The NFOIC will miss his voice.”
Bunting spent 17 years at the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, working as its managing editor, executive editor and the associate publisher.
He was also a senior editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and spent nine years as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, from 1978 to 1987. Bunting also worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Cincinnati Post, the Sacramento Bee and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Born in Houston on Dec. 9, 1948, Bunting graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970. The university honored him as the first inductee into its Schieffer School of Journalism Hall of Excellence.


  1. Gary Garrison on August 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    It is with great sadness that I just today learned of Ken’s passing. We were colleagues in the Texas Capital Press Corps from 1987-89. I also briefly worked for Ken at the P-I during the Northwest Newspaper Guild Strike in 2000.
    Ken was a fine and caring man. I will never forget the time we spent together, or the kindness he showed me. I extend my belated condolences to his wife and son.

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