March 10, 2014

Portrait unveiled for AP political reporter

Associated Press

ATLANTA — A portrait commemorating a former Associated Press reporter who covered Georgia politics for decades has been unveiled at the state Capitol.

Dick Pettys died in October 2012 at age 66. The portrait painted by Dick Yarbrough was presented Monday in the Senate chamber.

Pettys began working for the AP at the Capitol in 1970, covering the waning days of Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox’s administration and later Jimmy Carter’s presidential run in 1976.

Decades later, Pettys reported on the 2002 election of Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He retired from the AP in 2005, but spent several more years writing on Georgia politics for the website InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

His portrait will be hung outside the Capitol press offices, where Pettys spent much of his career.