Frank Barrows

Frank Barrows

He started his career calling in ballgames to the Martinsville Bulletin, and then he went on to be a top editor of North Carolina’s largest newspaper.

Frank Barrows, former editor of the Charlotte Observer, died at his home in Charlotte on Wednesday. He was 72.

Barrows as a child had moved to Martinsville with his family from Lewes, Del., where he was born, and he was a student at Martinsville High School when he first dipped his toes into journalism.

He graduated from MHS in 1964 and worked at the newspaper during summers while he was a student at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C., where he graduated in 1968. He started at the Observer in 1969.

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