John Breen, UConn journalism professor, dead at 71

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — John Breen, a journalism professor who taught at the University of Connecticut for more than three decades, has died.

His son, Tom Breen, says his father died Wednesday of vascular dementia. He was 71.

Breen taught at UConn from 1968 until his retirement in 2003. The head of the school’s journalism department, Maureen Croteau, says Breen cared deeply about each of his students and was the best lecturer she knew.

A Chicago native, Breen worked for the Champaign-Urbana Courier in Illinois and the Knickerbocker News in Albany, N.Y. before joining the UConn faculty.

He co-wrote a journalism textbook, “Reporting and Writing the News,” which was published in 1988.

He was also a former chairman of the Board of Education for Lebanon, Conn.

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