John Lederer died at 84, his son said.
Leder was an editor for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press before he joined the news division of the New York Times in the late 1940s, according to his son, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the cause of his father’s death.
Leder became a reporter in 1953, the Associated press reported in 2009.
Lederer worked at the AP, the Times, and The New York Daily News from 1967 until his retirement in 2005, his family said.
His son, John Lederman, said his father was an experienced photographer and “a kind, gentle, kind soul” who was “very proud of his work.”
His death was announced on the AP website on Friday afternoon, the same day that Lederman and his wife, Lisa, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. His obituary was published by the Associated American Newspapers in 2014.
He was born in New York on July 19, 1913, the youngest of five children.
The AP reported that Lederer was an avid runner and a member of the Los Angles chapter of the United States Air Force and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.
He served as a radio and television reporter in Los Angeles for the Associated World News Service and later covered the world’s first nuclear testing at Trinity Site in New Mexico.