Free Times owner, publisher Charlie Nutt found dead
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The owner and publisher of Columbia's Free Times newspaper has died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the coroner's office in Georgia.
Charlie Nutt was found dead Wednesday in a hotel room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Gordon Highway in Augusta, Georgia, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.
Free Times Acting Managing Editor Eva Moore released a statement on behalf of the publication.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our publisher," the statement said. "We ask that you respect the privacy of Charlie's family at this time."
Nutt had an extensive background in journalism as a reporter, writer, editor, president and publisher of many newspapers across the country including The New York Times, The Daily Journal in New Jersey, and the Star Gazette in New York.
In South Carolina, he owned and published the Free Times since 2012. He was also a member of the Central Carolina Community Foundation board and an executive committee member for the South Carolina Press Association.
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