COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Former Associated Press Colorado Capitol reporter Carl Hilliard, who was known for his wit and a weekly newspaper column that chronicled the history of Colorado and its leaders, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 76.
His son, Bronson, said his father often reported on the foibles of government leaders, but also didn't hesitate to praise them when he believed they did something right.
Hilliard began working for the Montana Missoulian and worked on the base newspaper while stationed in the Army at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center from 1960 to 1962. Hilliard joined the AP in November 1964 and worked in its bureau in Cheyenne, Wyo.
He was assigned to cover politics and state government in Denver in 1967 and retired in 1999.