Thomas B. Morgan, former editor of the Village Voice, died of lung failure on Tuesday. He was 87. Morgan was installed as editor of the Voice on September 4, 1975. He left in 1976, after just one year with the paper. Prior to joining the Voice, Morgan worked as press secretary for Mayor John Lindsay and vice president of New York Magazine Company, then the Voice‘s parent company.
Under Morgan’s watch, the Voice published the Pike Papers, 21 pages of excerpts from a secret House Select Committee report on U.S. intelligence activities leaked to the paper by CBS reporter Daniel Schorr.
The excerpts, which included CIA cables and congressional testimony, were highly critical of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Schorr was ultimately forced to resign from CBS, but he stood by the move, calling it “an inescapable decision of journalistic conscience.”
Morgan also oversaw a failed bid to transform the Voice into a national publication. During his tenure, the New York Magazine Company launched a version of the paper called National Voice. At least 150,000 copies went on sale across the country, but the venture folded six months later.
Morgan left the paper shortly thereafter. He was succeeded by managing editor Marianne Partridge. In 1990, New York Mayor David Dinkins installed Morgan as the president of WNYC, a post Morgan would hold until 1994.