State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Remembering Pete DeCoursey

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 3, 2014 11:19 AM
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One of my first blog posts on the job here was a notice of flags flown at half-mast. "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone," was my chosen title -- cribbed from the elegiac poem by W.H. Auden. A wise editor told me to take it down. Since Wednesday, the phrase hasn't stopped knocking around in my head. 

We lost Pete DeCoursey this week, as many in the Harrisburg environs have noted. He worked like a dog, and happily so. He awed young bucks in the state Capitol newsroom for years. He kicked cancer's ass

Smart Talk Friday this week began with a series of remembrances from some of the reporters who worked alongside DeCoursey. The on-air version had to be significantly trimmed down, so we've posted the long cut below. Stories here are from reporters John Baer, Brad Bumsted, Scott Detrow, Chris Comisac, Karen Langley, Tony Romeo, Laura Olson, Kate Giammarise, and Amy Worden. Thanks to all of them for taking the time to share a memory of Pete. 

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