Gregory Kane, journalist, father, husband, speaker of hard truths, passed away late Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital after a long struggle with cancer. He was 62.
Kane had written a twice-weekly column for the Washington Examiner since 2009. Before then, he wrote columns for the Baltimore Examiner and began his journalism career as a reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun, beginning in 1993.
A conservative with a deep appreciation for traditional values, Kane was known for rarely pulling his punches in his columns, especially when confronting what he viewed as the destructive consequences in the black community of liberal political policies, coddling of criminals and the hip-hop culture.
He was also unsparing in his criticism of black political leaders on the national scene, often zeroing in on Oprah Winfrey, Rev. Jesse Jackson and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for ignoring racism among blacks and for defending programs that he contended encouraged dependency.
During his reporting days, he and Gilbert Lewthwaite, another Sun reporter, wrote a three-part series on slavery in the Sudan in 1996, which the newspaper nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The series didn't win the Pulitzer, but it did win the Overseas Press Club Award “for best reporting on human rights.”
Kane was a graduate of City College and worked for 16 years prior to his journalism career in various positions at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. In his later years, he taught a writing course at Johns Hopkins University.
In his last column for the Washington Examiner on Jan. 30, Kane told of watching his favorite movies even as he suffered what he described as “excruciating pain and agony.” He liked John Wayne, but wrote that he’d “kick a Wayne western to the curb seven days a week and twice on a Sunday to watch a Murphy western.”
He was referring to Audie Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier in World War II, who became a successful actor in the years thereafter. An appropriate hero for a man who bravely fought his battles to the end of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Veronica White Kane; son Ray Chapman; daughter Jennifer and seven grandchildren. Services are pending, with details to come here.