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Ron Linton

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Night editor, news editor and editor, 1947-1950

Linton was the first State News reporter to hold the legislative beat and was the first college editor to write an editorial opposing Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He went on to spend 45 years in intergovernmental relations, planning and communications.

He founded and served as president and CEO of Linton, Mields, Reisler and Cottone Ltd. from 1968-94 and served as a consultant to the firm’s successor through 2003. Linton served a four-year term on the board of the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority, including two years as chairman. He was chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which runs Reagan National and Dulles airports.

In 1971 he joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a reserve officer and in his 26-year tenure rose to assistant chief in charge of volunteer services, serving the last four years as a fully sworn full-time officer. Linton’s diverse career has also included reporting and editing work with the United Press and The Courier-Journal of Louisville, service on the campaign staff of John F. Kennedy, a policy development position with the Defense Department and staff director of the Senate Public Works Committee.

In 1970, Little, Brown and Co. published his book “Terracide: America’s Destruction of Her Living Environment.” Linton is now president of the development firm Linton Properties LLC, which is building a senior citizens development in Church Hill, Md.