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WABE History Contributor, GSU Professor Cliff Kuhn Dies At 63

Cliff Kuhn speaks in the WABE studio on Aug. 19, 2015. Kuhn was a frequent contributor to WABE.
Cliff Kuhn speaks in the WABE studio on Aug. 19, 2015. Kuhn was a frequent contributor to WABE.
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WABE is sad to report that a frequent contributor to its station, Cliff Kuhn, has died.

Kuhn’s in-depth knowledge of Georgia history, heard by WABE listeners, was just one of his areas of expertise.

An associate professor of history at Georgia State University, Kuhn had taught at GSU since 1994.

“Cliff Kuhn was truly a historian for the people,” said Michelle Brattain, chair of the GSU Department of History. “He possessed an incredible wealth of knowledge, a boundless intellectual curiosity, and a gift for communicating the wonder and complexity of history to all audiences, from university students, to his listeners on WABE, to elementary school students.”

Kuhn also served as executive director of the Oral History Association, a national organization.

Just a few years ago, he talked about his decades-long interest in oral history with WABE’s Steve Goss.

“I was interested in putting people into the historic record who historically had not been included in, quote, ‘history,'” said Kuhn. “I was interested in the democratic nature of oral history.”

Kuhn died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 63.

To see his contributions for WABE, click here.

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