NEW YORK — James L. Hicks, a former war correspondent and executive editor of the New York Voice and the Amsterdam News and the first black newsmen accredited during the Korean War, died Sunday of complications from a stroke. He was 70.
Hicks, who rose from private to captain in the Army in World War II, receiving a presidential citation for commanding troops in New Guinea, became Washington bureau chief of the National Negro Press Assn. after the war.
Hicks was the first black war correspondent to land in Korea and the first black accredited to cover the United Nations.
From 1955 to 1966, Hicks was executive editor of the Amsterdam News, for many years the nation's largest black weekly newspaper.