Joseph Crankshaw, 83, is a retired journalist who spent 56 years in the profession. He wrote for numerous newspapers including The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fl., The Daytona Beach News Journal, The DeLand Sun-News, The Stuart News and The Miami Herald.
During his career he covered the Mercury and Apollo space programs, the federal government in Miami including pro and anti Castro bombings and assassination, the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landing. He also authored hundreds of columns on Florida history, and investigated frauds involving veteran charity abuse which earned him a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award. He held many positions from reporter to editorial writer, bureau chief and metro editor.
A member of many historical societies, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award in Florida history by the statewide, Florida Historical Society.
Born in Atlanta, Ga., his family moved to Tampa, Fl. in 1938. Later they moved to Jacksonville, Fl. where he graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher High School. Upon graduation, he joined the Army and served in the First Cavalry Division during the Korean War. He remained in service in the Florida National Guard and Army Reserve.
He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Fl., with a degree in history and political science.


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