Clarence Page

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune‘s editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services. He has been based in Washington, D.C. since May of 1991.


Page is an occasional guest panelist on The McLaughlin Group, a monthly contributor of essays to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a biweekly commentator on Sunday Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He is a frequent guest on national news programs, including ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, and CNN.

Chicago Tribune

Page was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980. He joined WBBM-TV in August 1980 as Director of the Community Affairs Department. He was a reporter and planning editor at the station from August 1982 to July 1984.


Page’s awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI award for community service for an investigative series titled “The Black Tax “and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa. Page also participated in a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns on civil liberties and constitutional rights. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.


As a freelance writer, he has published articles in Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Washington Monthly, New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and Emerge.


His first book, Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, was published in hardcover by Harper-Collins. In 2000 Page published the book A Bridge to the New Media Century.

A 1965 graduate of Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, he began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. Page received his bachelor of science in journalism degree from Ohio University in 1969. He has received honorary doctorates from Columbia College in Chicago and Lake Forest (Illinois) College.

American Society and Politics

Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, syndicated columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board, Clarence Page provides sharp, thoughtful and moving analysis on politics and culture in America today. Based in Washington, Page has his fingers on our political pulse. An esteemed and universally heralded journalist who in addition to the Pulitzer has also received lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the National Association of Black Journalists, he decodes top political issues with clarity, balance and humor.

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