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Nye, Frank



  • Existence: 1912-1983


Frank Nye was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on November 27, 1912. He graduated from high school in Shenandoah, Iowa, and earned his BA, in journalism, from the University of Iowa in 1936. A newspaperman, Nye's career began in 1930 with a job as a reporter for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel. He subsequently worked for the Clinton Herald, Look magazine, the Des Moines Register, International News Service, and the Iowa City Press Citizen. Nye joined the staff of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 1943, as the associate editor and political writer, after serving four years as news director of the Iowa Daily Press Association. He retired from the Gazette in 1980. Nye covered Iowa's political scene for the newspaper and played a key role in achieving fair reapportionment in Iowa. He was chairman of the Governor's Reapportionment Action Committee from 1957 -- 1961. Among Nye's many professional honors was the Iowa Press Association's Master Editor-Publisher Award in 1977, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Daily Press Association in 1982. Nye's two great passions have been recognized with awards bearing his name. The Cedar Rapids Gazette sponsors the annual Frank Nye Junior Tennis Tournament, while the Iowa Newspaper Association sponsors the Frank Nye Writing Award.

Nye was active in civic affairs. He was a past president of the Cedar Rapids Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Rapids Lions Club as well as the Buchanan School PTA and the Cedar Rapids Tennis Association. He was active with the University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

Frank Nye died suddenly on March 26, 1983, at the age of seventy.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Frank Nye Papers

Identifier: MsC0437

Reporter and editor for The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Correspondence, subject files, and photographs relating to Nye's career with the Gazette. Includes information on Iowa politics and legislature, reapportionment, Herbert Hoover, and copies of articles written by Nye.

Dates: 1942-1983