AP’s Vermont Chief Dies

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John Curran, an award-winning journalist who has covered stories for The Associated Press from Miss America pageants to recent devastating flooding in his home state of Vermont, has died. He was 54.

Curran’s brother, Robert Curran Jr., says the husband and father of three was stricken with an apparent heart attack while mowing the lawn Saturday afternoon at his Montpelier home.

Curran was named the AP’s news leader in Vermont in 2006, after about 12 years as the news cooperative’s reporter in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He previously had worked for the AP in Charleston, West Virginia, and Boston.

Curran was known for his dedication to the news.

Governor Peter Shumlin says he’s shocked and saddened to hear of Curran’s passing.

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