FAIRFAX, Va. (Greensboro News and Record) – Former Register and Bee reporter Jack Scism has died.

Scism, a retired award-winning staff writer for the Greensboro News & Record, died Saturday in Fairfax, Va. He was 87.

Scism came to the Greensboro Daily News in March 1969 as chief of its Rockingham County bureau. He moved to the Greensboro newsroom in 1971 as a general assignment reporter. In early 1973, he co-authored a series of stories involving charges of political conflict and favoritism with the state parole board.

In 1974, Scism was appointed as chairman of the parole board by then-Gov. James Holshouser.

A native of Caswell County, Scism was a 1954 journalism graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and spent 12 years at the Danville Register in Danville, Va.