JFK Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON — The driving distances to Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C., from Bloomington-Normal are both about 800 miles.

In the case of Pantagraph reporters and editors covering the Kennedy assassination 50 years ago, it might just as well have been on the other side of the moon.

But a local newspaper has a responsibility to cover the biggest stories, employing The Associated Press and other wire services while localizing such stories by finding people directly affected by the news or local experts with another point of view.

In the case of the Kennedy assassination, the Twin Cities — like communities across the country and the world — became connected to the news out of Dallas. The newspaper responded with ever deeper coverage.

The results of that work resulted in a bound volume of the original Pantagraph pages of the assassination coverage.

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What is inside is amazing.

For five days, between Nov. 22 and Nov. 26, The Pantagraph gave its all to keep Central Illinois informed about every aspect of the story. Today, The Pantagraph is republishing the stories, pages, photo layouts and editorials that have become the primary written history of the assassination for area residents who lived during those dark days.

Log onto Pantagraph.com to find a slideshow featuring thumbnails of those pages.

David Proeber is the photo editor for The Pantagraph and

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