Tom Morgan, 75, Remembered As A Gifted Raconteur

Dec 29, 2017

Morgan wrote for the Journal for decades.
Credit M. Charles Bakst

Thomas Morgan, a longtime former Providence Journal reporter who was beloved by his colleagues and widely appreciated by readers, has died at age 75.

Former colleagues said Morgan was found at his apartment on Solar Street in Providence on Friday.

On Twitter, former ProJo investigative reporter Mike Stanton remembered Morgan as "one of the most gifted writers, raconteurs, humorists and connoisseurs I had the pleasure of working with."

Morgan worked for decades as a reporter at the Journal. He took one of the buyouts offered in recent years by GateHouse Media. Before coming to the ProJo, he worked for the Hartford Courant and served in the Navy.

Morgan's passing was greeted with sadness on social media by people who knew him, including friends, former colleagues and readers.

"I sat next to him in the Providence newsroom and worked with him in the [former] Blackstone bureau," reporter John Hill told RIPR. "He had that basso profundo voice that made anything he said seem important. He was the man to ask if you wanted background on something on your beat or how to find an edible mushroom. In a business that is getting increasingly corporatized, he was droll and funny, and one of the last real characters of the Journal's golden age."

Former ProJo reporter Karen Lee Ziner remembers Morgan as "rock solid; he wrote with a distinctive voice and specialized in niche topics. He wrote the best-ever accounts of fires; how many ladder trucks, how many gallons of water [were] sprayed on the fire, whether cats or goldfish were rescued, and so on."

Ziner remembered how late-night reporters at the Journal used to repair to Morgan's home after hours and how he would use some of the mushrooms he foraged to make omelettes.