Yates resident was ‘true’ definition of a newsman

After World War II, he was the lead government witness at the “Tokyo Rose” treason trial in San Francisco.

During a long career as the Yates County reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle, he had exclusive interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert “Bobby” Kennedy.

In retirement, he co-founded a marketing firm that helped launch The Windmill Farm and Craft Market and the Keuka Maid as major tourist destinations in the 1980s.

Through it all, while chronicling many events in Yates County for more than 30 years, Dick Eisenhart became one of the best known and most popular Penn Yan residents in recent memory. He recently died at the age of 92.

“In his yearbook, he said he wanted to be a news reporter. That was his lifelong dream,” Eisenhart’s son, Don, said during an interview at the family home on Keuka Street. “He was not a journalist, he was a news reporter — old school. He would always say ‘the facts are the facts.’”

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