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Polk Laffoon, former Cincinnati Post reporter, has died

Polk Laffoon IV - a former Cincinnati Post reporter and Detroit Free Press reporter - died Aug. 5. He was 75.

Polk Laffoon IV - a former Cincinnati Post reporter and Detroit Free Press reporter - died Aug. 5. He was 75.

He died after having a heart attack while swimming near his summer home in Harbor Springs, Michigan, according to his obituary.

Laffoon was born in Cincinnati and attended the Cincinnati Country Day School. He furthered his education at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Laffoon briefly worked at Procter & Gamble before landing a job at the Cincinnati Post, the first of many roles in journalism that he would have for the rest of his life. 

He married Pinky Coleman in 1973 and they had three children, Coleman, Brent and Samantha. The family lived in Detroit where Laffoon worked for the Detroit Free Press, then returned to Cincinnati where he oversaw investor relations for Taft Broadcasting.


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