Veteran AP Georgia newsman Dick Pettys dies at 66

By the Associated Press | October 8, 2012 | 11:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dick Pettys, a longtime political reporter for The Associated Press, has died. He was 66.

Matt Towery is CEO of InsiderAdvantage Georgia and a former boss of Pettys. Towery says he was told of Pettys' death by his son Richard Pettys Jr. Towery says Pettys died Monday after having a massive heart attack at the home where he retired in North Georgia.

Pettys was a fixture at the Georgia state Capitol for more than three decades. An insider with a reputation for evenhanded reporting, Pettys had the ear of everyone from governors and house speakers to low-level clerks under the Gold Dome.

Pettys worked at the AP from 1970 to 2005. After retiring, he went to work for Towery.