Bill Donovan, a Navajo journalist for nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 76.

Bill Donovan, a prolific journalist who covered the Navajo Nation for newspapers in New Mexico and Arizona for five decades

Donovan was hospitalised recently for pneumonia and died Saturday night at his Torrance home

 surrounded by loved ones, according to his daughter, Kelly Cunningham.

Donovan was a Navajo Nation institution, a reporter who could recall Navajo history and phone numbers with ease.

He worked for the Gallup Independent, the Navajo Times, the Arizona Republic

Donovan wrote about a long-standing land dispute between Navajos and Hopis, a hospital takeover, politics, and tribal government reform efforts.

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