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Bob Keeler has been a Suffolk County reporter, (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Bob Keeler has been a Suffolk County reporter, Albany bureau chief, Sunday magazine editor, and editorial board member during nearly 42 years at Newsday. (April 11, 2012)

Bob Keeler through the years

Bob Keeler has been a Suffolk County reporter, Albany bureau chief, Sunday magazine editor, and editorial board member during nearly 42 years at Newsday. Keeler is the author of three books, including one about this newspaper: "Newsday: A Candid History of the Respectable Tabloid," and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his series of articles about life in St. Brigid's Parish in Westbury. He retires Friday, Dec. 21.

Bob Keeler has been a Suffolk County reporter,
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Bob Keeler has been a Suffolk County reporter, Albany bureau chief, Sunday magazine editor, and editorial board member during nearly 42 years at Newsday. (April 11, 2012)

Bob Keeler hugs Laurie Garrett upon hearing that
(Credit: Newsday, 1996 / Ken Spencer)

Bob Keeler hugs Laurie Garrett upon hearing that they both won Pulitzer Prizes. Keeler won for beat reporting on a progressive Roman Catholic Parish and Garrett won for her reports from Zaire on the Ebola virus.

Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Keeler and Laurie Garrett
(Credit: Newsday, 1996 / Jim Peppler)

Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Keeler and Laurie Garrett cut some celebratory cake.

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Newsday Publisher Ray Jansen congratulates Pulitzer Prize winners
(Credit: Newsday, 1996 / Jim Peppler)

Newsday Publisher Ray Jansen congratulates Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Keeler and Laurie Garrett.

Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Keeler accepts congratulations from
(Credit: Newsday, 1996 / Jim Peppler)

Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Keeler accepts congratulations from Newsday staffers upon hearing the results.

Tribune Publishing President Jack Fuller, left, enjoys a
(Credit: Newsday, 2001 / David L. Pokress)

Tribune Publishing President Jack Fuller, left, enjoys a good laugh with Newsday's Bob Keeler.

Sustainable Long Island hosted a preview screening of
(Credit: Steven Sunshine, 2011)

Sustainable Long Island hosted a preview screening of a film today by documentary filmmaker Ron Rudaitis at The Huntington Cinema Arts Centre. The film, entitled "Suburban America; Problems and Promise," focuses on Long Island as the nations first suburb. After the screening there was a question and answer session. From left to right are Elaine Gross of ERASE Racism, Newsday's Bob Keeler, Ron Shiffman from the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Filmmaker Ron Rudaitis.

Spc. John R. Camp, center, and 1st Lt.

Spc. John R. Camp, center, and 1st Lt. Bob Keeler receive an award for their newspaper, "The Missile Command News" from Col. Randoph Hill, at Camp Page Kura. (1968)

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