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'His heart was in it': Reporter covered Navajo for 5 decades

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Journalist Bill Donovan, who covered the Navajo Nation for five decades at newspapers in New Mexico and Arizona, has died. Donovan's daughter says he died over the weekend in the Los Angeles area where he moved in 2018 to be closer to family. He was 76. Donovan was a prolific writer who quickly could recall moments in Navajo history. He covered efforts to reform the tribal government, a land dispute between Navajos and Hopis and tribal elections. Donovan had said one of the most memorable moments was a deadly riot at the tribal capital during a political power struggle.