Del Malkie, reporter and government PR officer

September 27, 2013

Del Malkie, a former radio, television and newspaper reporter who retired as director of public relations for what is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, died Sept. 5 at a hospital in Keyser, W.Va. He was 88.

The cause was kidney and lung failure, said his son, Paul Malkie.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mr. Malkie anchored daily reports for WMAL radio and television. The TV station later became WJLA (Channel 7).

Beginning in 1962, he served as a public relations officer for Prince George’s County. He later was the county’s community relations director.

He was a press officer to Rep. Lawrence J. Hogan (R-Md.) during the Watergate hearings of the early 1970s.

Mr. Malkie later served as media relations director at the Naval Academy in Annapolis before joining the old Defense Mapping Agency in 1982. He retired in 1988.

Paul Delmar Malkie was born in the District and was a 1942 graduate of Hyattsville High School. During World War II, he served as a Navy radio operator in the Aleutians and later on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

After leaving the Navy, Mr. Malkie returned to Washington to work on the staff of the Senate Press Gallery.

He was city editor of the Anchorage Daily News in the early 1950s and in 2008 wrote a book about his experiences.

In 2000, he moved to Keyser, where he continued working as a reporter and photographer until his mid-80s.

Mr. Malkie was a past president of the National Association of Government Communicators and was a former master of ceremonies for the Prince George’s County Fair.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Galaspy Malkie of Keyser; four children, Paul Malkie of Alexandria, Ruth Mudd of La Plata, Dennis Malkie of the District and Kathleen Malkie of Keyser; a brother, Donald Malkie of Annapolis; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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