Pulitzer-winning former New York Times journalist Joel Brinkley dies

Joel Brinkley, a former New York Times reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1980, has died at the age of 61.

His wife, Sabra Chartrand, said he died in a Washington hospital on Tuesday from acute undiagnosed leukaemia which led to respiratory failure from pneumonia.

Brinkley began his career at the Associated Press in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize while reporting for the Louisville Courier-Journal. He and photographer Jay Mather shared the prize for stories from Cambodia.

Brinkley joined the Times's Washington bureau in 1983 and stayed at the paper for 23 years. He was the author or co-author of four books, the latest on Cambodia. He later taught journalism at Stanford University.

Brinkley's father, news anchor David Brinkley, died in 2003.

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