In a career that started and ended at UNC, he molded generations of young journalists


Mike Yopp spent most of his life molding generations of journalists. But his legacy as a mentor and leader began when he was just a young journalist himself.

Yopp died from a stroke Thursday at the age of 79, having just wrapped up his final semester of 20 years teaching news writing at his alma mater, in UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

Some 50 years earlier, Yopp began inspiring and shaping the young journalists around him.

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