Journalist and Reporter Mike Cochran’s Obituary Shocked Fans
Unfortunately, a nearly 40-year reporter of the Associated Press, Mike Cochran passed away at the age of 85. Mike Cochran’s obituary was revealed on late Tuesday night, January 11, 2022.
His longtime friend and former AP executive John O. Lumpkin revealed his cause of death, confirming that Cochran passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Lumpkin said Cochran was “no one-trick pony,” remarking he covered everything from sports to politics to natural disasters. “One of a kind, for sure. A legend, no question.”
Cochran submitted a first-person narrative of how he came to be a pallbearer for Oswald as part of the Associated Press‘ coverage of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in 1963.
Cochran claimed that his reporting on the assassination lasted for years as he interviewed Oswald’s wife and mother, examined conspiracy ideas, and produced anniversary articles. He had covered Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth immediately before he was assassinated in Dallas.
On one of Oswald’s anniversaries, he remembered visiting Marina, Oswald’s wife, at her home. She informed him that she was “no longer news,” but when he indicated his duty as a pallbearer, he was permitted in. He claimed that they were “still chatting and smoking” some hours later.
Mike Cochran’s Long-Time Background in Journalism
Cochran, known for his descriptive writing, started his 1996 story marking the 20th anniversary of the killings at the Davis mansion with this line: “The murderous man in black appeared at the remote Cullen Davis mansion that steamy summer night wearing a woman’s black wig and carrying a .38 revolver.”
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he chronicled flamboyant swindler Billie Sol Estes, writing about how Estes gained millions of dollars in bogus fertilizer tanks.
He started his career at Denton and Abilene newspapers before joining the Associated Press in Dallas in 1960 and established the AP’s Fort Worth office the following year. In 1999, he left AP and went on to work for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for another five years.
He also penned many novels, including “Texas vs. Davis,” about Davis’s murder trial, and “Claytie,” about Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman, and philanthropist whose 1990 governorship bid was ruined after he joked about rape and admitted he spent a year without paying income taxes.
In 2018, Cochran was named to the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career, he received various honors, including the Headliners Foundation’s Star Reporter of the Year award, the highest individual honor bestowed to a Texas journalist each year.
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Reactions to Mike Cochran’s Death
Several friends and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
Mark Hamrick tweeted: “I was fortunate to work for a short time in the Dallas, TX AP bureau during my youth decades ago. It was long enough, however, to quickly appreciate what a remarkable journalist (reporter and writer) Mike Cochran was. RIP.”
Don Williams also wrote: “Just got back in and saw this. Mike Cochran, another titan of Texas journalism, has passed. What an incredibly versatile writer and reporter.”
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He leaves behind his wife, Sondra, son, John Shannon Cochran, daughter, Kendyl Arnold, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
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