Longtime newsman and Michigan journalism icon Ben Burns has died at his suburban Detroit home following an illness. He was 72.
Friend Nancy Nall Derringer says Burns' wife, Beverly, confirmed Burns died Friday morning.
The former editor and head of journalism at Wayne State University had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Burns was a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and served as executive editor at The Detroit News from 1983 to 1986. He also worked for the Lansing State Journal and the Miami Herald, and was editor and publisher of the Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak.
He also was founding editor and partner of GrossePointeToday.com. He joined Wayne State's faculty in 1991.
Burns also is survived by four children and six grandchildren.