J. Robert “Bob” Crumpler

Class of 1946

Born in North Carolina and reared in West Virginia, Crumpler graduated from Marshall University in 1946 after an interruption of four years for military service during World War II. He worked as a reporter for The Huntington Advertiser and for The Charleston Daily Mail until 1950, then joined The Louisville Courier Journal & Times. At  The Times he served in the capacities of reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, and for nine years was its assistant managing editor. Crumpler became ombudsman in 1981 and dealt with reader questions and complaints, monitored news columns for accuracy and fairness, and served as an in-house critic.