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Lou Panos, political reporter, columnist for Evening Sun and AP, dies

Panos was enshrined in MDDC's HOF in 2012
Lou Panos, a heralded journalist and author who covered state and national politics during a career that spanned 67 years, died of complications from heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital early Sunday. He was 87.

Panos was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in 2012. Panos retired in 2007 after 60 years as a working journalist. His career included stints at the Associated Press, the Evening Sun and Patuxent Publishing Company. He also served as press secretary to Gov. Harry Hughes and public affairs director at Shock Trauma.

His daughter, Melanie Panos-Ortel, said a lingering heart condition had left her father in a weakened state, and the family had recently transferred him to a palliative-care unit at Hopkins.

"His heart has just been tired for some time. He passed away in his sleep," she said Sunday.

From 1947 to 1967, Mr. Panos churned out articles, columns and editorials for the Associated Press. He did much the same during a 15-year stint with the Baltimore Evening Sun.

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