Greek Journalist Stamos Zoulas Dies at 81

Stamos Zoulas, the former editor-in-chief of Kathimerini, one of Greece’s most respected daily newspapers, died in Athens on Tuesday aged 81.

Zoulas was born in 1937 and studied political science at the Panteion University in Athens. He began his career in journalism at the age of 18 at Kathimerini, where he worked for more than 60 years, rising from a reporter all the way to the top management of the paper, becoming director of the newspaper in 1996.

He became its political editor in 1977, and later its editor-in-chief in 1981, and served as director of the newspaper from 1996 to 2002. Since that time he worked as a regular contributor for Kathimerini.

The only time in his career that he did not work for Kathimerini was when he went on strike   in protest against the 1967-1974 dictatorship, and during the two years from 1986 to 1988, when he worked at the newspaper Vradyni because of his opposition to plans for Kathimerini’s sale to disgraced publisher George Koskotas.