At the Star, he covered a zoning bribery scandal in suburban Fairfax County and a struggle to launch the Washington subway -- now a well established, but still expanding feature of the city's transportation system.
Former colleagues at the Star describe Mr. Green in those years as a tireless reporter, who never allowed himself to be beaten on a story by rivals from the larger and better-staffed Washington Post.
Mr. Green then joined the opposition, working as a reporter and acting District of Columbia editor for the Post during the Watergate scandal. He also covered Congress, the district's battle for home rule and the local criminal justice system.
His tenure at the Post was followed by an editing stint at the Miami News before arriving at The San Diego Union in 1979 as state and politics editor. In the latter capacity, Mr. Green directed the Union's coverage of the 1980 presidential election and of the state political campaigns two years later.
In 1983, Mr. Green joined the Union's editorial board before returning to Washington in January 1984 to fill the newly created position of managing editor in the Washington Bureau of the Copley News Service.
Attribution: San Diego Union