Studs Terkel, the multihyphenate Windy City icon, has died, the Chicago Tribune reports. The author-historian-actor-activist-radio announcer-television host passed away on Friday at age 96; he had been in declining health for years, culminating in a fall in his home two weeks ago.
Born in New York City, Terkel moved to Chicago as a child. Though educated in law, he rose to fame during the Great Depression, when he joined the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers Project and went into radio. He remained on the air and in the public eye in various iterations and via multiple media largely until his death, having written more than a dozen books of commentary and oral history, including the 1974 classic Working and the 1984 World War II tome The Good War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. The Tribune reports that a copy of his latest book, P.S. Further Thoughts From a Lifetime of Listening (due out in November), was at Terkel’s bedside when he passed away.