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Gore, Kennedys at funeral for press icon

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 28:  John Seigenthaler hosts the 2011 T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala at the Hutton Hotel on March 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) (Rick Diamond, 2011 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/14 10:32 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family are joining hundreds of mourners for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler.

Monday's funeral in Nashville reflected the wide reach of Seigenthaler's career, which included leading the newspapers The Tennessean and USA Today and working as a civil rights adviser during the Kennedy administration. Seigenthaler also was part of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign team and was a pallbearer at RFK's funeral in 1968.

Seigenthaler later directed a center at Vanderbilt University dedicated to media freedoms. He died Friday.

Gore, a former Tennessee senator, was among mourners that included former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and RFK's widow, Ethel.

 

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