Henry “Hank” Alexander Magnuson, Jr. was born May 19, 1928 in Salem, Massachusetts. He grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. Henry Magnuson, Sr., his father, was an architect in Washington and a locomotives designer in Boston. His mother was Ruth Golden Harris Magnuson. Hank attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked for TV and radio news in Iowa. During the summers, he worked on Mount Desert Island, Maine. In 1957, Hank moved to Portland to work for WCSH, the television news network in Portland, Maine. He became Maine’s first full time broadcast journalist for the legislature in Augusta. Next, he was a public relations director for the Republican State Committee. After that, Hank became news director for WGAN, the radio news network in Portland. Hank spent many years as a reporter. Towards the end of World War II, he was in the service. Finally, he was president for the Paper Industry Information Office.
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