ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former St. Paul Pioneer Press editor John R. "Jack" Finnegan, a champion of open government, has died. He was 87.

Finnegan's son, John Finnegan Jr., tells The Associated Press his father died early Tuesday in his St. Paul home of gastrointestinal cancer.

Finnegan was an advocate for open meetings and open-records laws. One award is named after him — the Finnegan Freedom of Information Award, given by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.

Under his leadership, the Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/PKNE8D ) won two Pulitzer Prizes before he retired.

The Walker native worked at the Robbinsdale Post and the Post-Bulletin of Rochester before joining the Pioneer Press in 1951. He was editor from 1970 to 1985, and served as assistant publisher until his retirement in 1988.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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