Judges : National

Clarence page

Clarence Page

Columnist and Editorial Board Member, Chicago Tribune

At 17 and not yet out of Middletown (OH) High, Clarence Page got his start in journalism at The Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer when those papers took him on as a freelance writer and photographer. In addition to staff assignments with the Chicago Tribune and a column nationally syndicated to more than 120 newspapers, Page has kept his hand in freelancing.

His book of autobiographical essays on race relations was published in 1996 by Harper-Collins, with the title “Showing My Color.” He is a regular panelist on the “McLaughlin Group,” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” He contributes essays to “PBS NewsHour,” and commentary to “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on National Public Radio. His articles have been published by The New Republic, New York Newsday, and The Wall Street Journal.

Page joined the Tribune in 1969, working as a reporter and assistant city editor until 1980, when he left to spend four years as a reporter and director of WBBM-TV’s Community Affairs Department. He returned to the Tribune as a member of the editorial board and columnist, and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1989. In 1972, he was part of the Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud, which won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Page won the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting on the changing politics of Southern Africa in 1976.

Page was born in Dayton, graduated from Ohio University in 1969, and received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 1993.

He and his wife Lisa, a freelance writer, have one son, Grady. They live in Washington, D.C.