Russell Baker, author and NY Times columnist is dead at 93

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humorist Russell Baker has died at age 93

LEESBURG, Va. -- Author and humorist Russell Baker has died. He was 93.

He won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and for a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood. He later moved to television as host of "Masterpiece Theatre."

He wrote a second autobiography, "The Good Times," to follow "Growing Up." The first focused on his childhood, the second on his early journalistic career. Baker would eventually write, edit or contribute to more than 15 other books, collections and assorted works — including a musical play and children's book.

Baker died at his Leesburg, Virginia, home on Monday. His son Allen Baker told The Associated Press that the cause of his father's death was complications from a fall.