Frank Barrows, longtime Observer writer and editor, dies at 72

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Frank Barrows, a beloved former top editor of the Charlotte Observer whose journalism career took him from sports writing to leading the Carolinas’ largest newsroom, died Wednesday at his home in Charlotte. He was 72.

Barrows held many writing and editing jobs in his more than 30 years at the Observer. He left the paper in 2005 after 13 years as the newsroom’s managing editor, during which it was twice a finalist for Pulitzer prizes and scored hundreds of other awards.

Mark Ethridge, who preceded Barrows as managing editor, called him “one of the most brilliant editors and great writers who I ever knew.”

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