PHILADELPHIA, December 30, 2017 – The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) mourns the loss of Sonny Driver, longtime SCOOP USA publisher and editor.
Driver died December 28, 2017 at Chestnut Hill Hospital at the age of 91.
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of longtime journalist Sonny Driver,” said Melony Roy, PABJ president. “SCOOP USA was a staple in our community, reflecting our people, our stories and our values. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.”
His free weekly publication could be found in communities across the city, from barbershops to bars, nursing homes to nail salons. Featuring the lives and legacy of African-American achievement, Driver took particular pride in being a witness to considerable history.
For nearly 60 years, his paper documented civil rights actions, sports and entertainment feats and barriers broken on all fronts, operating from its North Philadelphia offices. Before there was a Right On! or even Bossip, SCOOP was offering the details on stars and players people in Philadelphia wanted to follow.
Driver was a leading force in a decades-long campaign for Philadelphia to institute a public monument to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
PABJ honored Driver with its lifetime achievement award in 2014 for his years of highlighting and contributing to African-American culture in Philadelphia.
“Through the SCOOP, Sonny Driver not only built up our community, but also united neighborhoods,” Roy said. “He was a great supporter of PABJ and certainly earned every bit of the respect he received through the years, from the corner to City Hall and across generations.”
PABJ sends its deepest condolences to Driver’s family and friends. Funeral are still being arranged.