ROANOKE, Va. (AP) \u2014 Forrest \u201cFrosty\u201d Landon, longtime editor of the Roanoke Times & World-News who was described as a \u201cborn newsman\u201d in a career that spanned 40 years, died Monday. He was 87.\r\n\r\nWord of Landon's death came from Beth Macy, Landon\u2019s niece-in-law and former Roanoke Times reporter,\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/roanoke.com\/news\/local\/born-newsman-frosty-landon-remembered-for-roanoke-career\/article_77043bb6-29e0-11eb-b9ac-abefe08adbe5.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1">The Roanoke Times<\/a>\u00a0reported. No cause of death was listed.\r\n\r\nLandon worked in radio, television and newspapers while in Roanoke. The Sidney, New York, native was 22 years old and just out of the University of Missouri\u2019s journalism school when he came to Roanoke in 1955 to work at WDBJ-TV the day the station went on the air. The Times-World Corp. also owned the WDBJ radio station, and Landon soon moved from television to become the radio station\u2019s news director.\r\n\r\nAfter Norfolk, Virginia-based Landmark Communications bought the locally owned Times-World Corp. in 1969, the television and radio stations were sold, and Landon remained a newspaperman the rest of his career.\r\n\r\nLandon also covered the integration of southwest Virginia\u2019s schools in the early 1960s. When Floyd County High School integrated in 1960, school officials banished reporters from interviewing Black students. Landon, working for the radio station, and a newspaper reporter tailed a school bus and interviewed a Black student in her home.\r\n\r\nDuring his time as executive editor of The Roanoke Times, which was also called the Roanoke Times & World-News during most of his career as newsroom boss, the newspaper was a three-time finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.\r\n\r\nIn 1979, Landon wrote a first-person account of his cancer treatment after doctors discovered he had a rare case of lymphoma.\r\n\r\nHe became the executive editor of the Roanoke Times & World-News in 1982 when he succeeded Ben Bowers, who took a job in Greensboro, North Carolina.\r\n\r\nLandon never fully left journalism even after his retirement in 1995, according to the newspaper. A year later, he co-founded the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and served as its first director. The nonprofit group worked to make citizens aware of government transparency and open records laws, and to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.\r\n\r\nLandon is survived by his wife, son and daughter and their spouses, and three grandchildren.