Obituary of David Hardy, NWU Member and Union Brother by Patricia Hilliard
David Hardy had a long career as a news reporter. This was not easy in an era that did not accept African-Americans in this line of work, but as he explained, being African-American meant he had to work twice as hard and be twice as good as white reporters. Working twice as hard earned him the recognition he deserved. He was given the United Press International Investigative Reporting Award for his investigative articles on a corrupt senator, David Friedland, who was wanted by the FBI. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him for excellence in feature writing. Hardy was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting by the Daily News. Ironically, later, David Hardy entered a legal battle against the Daily News for employment discrimination which he ultimately won.
This gave him more recognition. The Urban League of Hudson County recognized Mr. Hardy with its Whitney M. Young Award, for his struggle "in pursuit of equality for all." He grew up in New Jersey and was active in the National Writers Union in his later years. He was happy to see the election of Barack Obama for President of the U.S., but knew that it would take more than the election of one man to change decades of oppression and exploitation. He knew it would take strong unions to protect the rights of working writers and all working people.