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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2013) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of  longtime member Lynne Duke.

Duke, who worked at The Washington Post from 1987 to 2008, died April 19 at her home in Silver Spring, MD. She was 56.

"Lynne was an exceptional journalist who covered some of the world’s most important stories, including Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "We extend our prayers to Lynne’s husband and another longtime NABJ member Phil Dixon and their family.”

Ms. Duke began her career at the Miami Herald after graduating from Columbia University’s journalism school in 1985. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a 1987 feature article about the violent fallout of crack cocaine and intransigent poverty at a Miami public housing project.

In addition to her husband of 13 years, Phillip Dixon, Ms. Duke’s survivors include her father, Herbert Duke, her mother, Constance Duke-Allston; a brother and two sisters.

NABJ offers its sincerest condolences to Ms. Duke’s family, as well as her many colleagues and friends.

This past Friday my wife\'s (Ellen Lumpkin Brown ) best friend, maid of honor and journalist for the Washington Post, Lynne Duke, passed away after a long battle with cancer. When we were living in South Africa we were blessed to have Lynne their with us. We were not just friends, we became family. Sharing good times, the struggles of the country and on many occasions a great bottle of wine. Madam Duke\', go well to a rest you well deserve. Although you will be missed, you will be held forever close in our hearts.

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