Sunday 21 July, 2019

Journalist Peter Abrahams dies at 97

Abrahams was found dead at his Rock Hall, St Andrew, home on Wednesday. He was 97.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Abrahams' father was from Ethiopa and his mother a coloured from South Africa. He left South Africa in 1939 and worked as a sailor and then a journalist in London.

He settled in Jamaica in 1956 after being inspired by a visit to the island. He assumed the role of editor of the West Indian Economist and took charge of  West Indian News, a daily radio news network until 1964, when he gave up most of his duties and turned his attention to his writing,  which dealt mostly with political and social issues.

In 1994, he was awarded the Musgrave Gold Medal for his writing and journalism by the Institute of Jamaica.



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