Edward T. Pound
In Memory of Edward T. Pound
Husband, Father, Investigative Journalist, PUK Board Member, Child Protection Advocate
September 4, 1943 – July 25, 2021
Edward T. Pound (Ed), age 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Rockville, Maryland on Sunday, July 25, 2021, surrounded by his family. Ed was the adoring husband of 58 years to Eileen Pound, doting father of his daughter Karen and her husband Mitch Weintraub, devoted Grandad to Matthew and Emily Weintraub, and an inspirational older brother to his sister Lorene Roland.
Ed was an essential part of the Protect Us Kids Board bringing his years of experience and passion for child protection advocacy. His many written and consulting contributions as well as his drive to stand up for those less fortunate or unable to, will be sorely missed.
Ed grew up in the small St. Louis suburb of Affton, Missouri. In the same small town at the young age of 16, Ed met the love of his life Eileen. To this day, no one truly knows who instigated the romance, Ed or Eileen, that will continue to be the million-dollar question. Whoever the instigator was, it was love at first sight and the pair married 3 years later. Ed and Eileen then welcomed their daughter Karen a few short years after. Ed and Eileen often said having one Karen was like having two children, and Ed devoted himself equally to his little girl and loving wife.
While building his family, Ed also began to build his reputation as a top-tier investigative reporter. As a young reporter, he covered the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty and unearthed information on James Earl Ray, a native of Alton, Illinois, who is infamous for killing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As his career continued to flourish, Ed brought his family, always by his side, to Chicago and later to Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. During these years, Ed expanded his career nationally working at The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among various other reputable news outlets.
Ed worked tirelessly during this time and his investigative stories spanned a wide range of topics including Iran-Contra, White House scandals, the International Olympic scandal, and failures by the State Department to provide adequate security for U.S. diplomatic missions in Benghazi, Libya and around the world, among many others. His stories have sent criminals to jail, helped spurred legislative change, and brought truth to light. When asked why he spent so many years working late nights and weekends burning himself at both ends for a story, Ed told his grandson Matthew, “When I think about what I do, I see myself as the eyes and ears of the little guy—the people who have no voice.” That quote perfectly embodies who Ed Pound is.
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