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General Information

Name:  Clarence Page  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Dayton, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Page lived in Chicago from 1969 - 1991. He is still active on the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Biographical and Professional Information

Page is a journalist, syndicated columnist, and senior member of The Chicago Tribune editorial board.After his graduating from Ohio University in 1969, Page took a position with The Chicago Tribune. He was drafted into the military after only six months with the paper. After his military service ended in 1971, he went back to work at the Tribune. At the Chicago Tribune, Page was a reporter and assistant city editor from 1969-80. He has been a member of the editorial board and a columnist since 1984. His Tribune column became syndicated in 1987 and he moved to Washington, DC to work at the bureau of the Chicago Tribune in 1991.Page also worked at WBBM-TV, Chicago as director of community affairs from 1980-82 and as the news department reporter and planning editor from 1982-84. He also appears regularly on such television news shows as CNN's ''The McLaughlin Group'', PBS's ''MacNeil/Lehrer Report'', and ABC's ''Nightline'', and offers biweekly commentary on National Public Radio's ''Sunday Morning Edition''. Page has also been a contributor to periodicals, including ''Chicago'', ''Chicago Reader'', ''Emerge'', ''New Republic'', ''New York Newsday'', Wall Street Journal, and ''Washington Monthly''.He has received honoris causa doctorates from Columbia College Chicago and Lake Forest College in Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Showing My Color Impolite Essays on Race and Identity
ISBN: 0060928018

Harpercollins. 1997

The Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune presents a series of essays examining the central questions of race, gender, and ethnic identity that have emerged since the civil rights reforms of the mid-1960s. The essays address such topics as how racism still acts to keep nonwhites in subordinate political, economic, and social status how the hip-hop generation has turned - black is beautiful on its head and the volatile relationship between blacks and Jews. Page reflects on changes in the racial landscape since the 1960s and reconnects the increasingly abstract political debates about black conservatives, affirmative action, and the race card to the people for whom these words mean something more than just votes.Explores key issues of race, gender, and ethnic identity that have arisen since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s

The African American Newspaper: Voice of Freedom (Medill Visions Of The American Press)
ISBN: 0810122901

Northwestern University Press. 2006

Winner, 2007 Tankard Award

In March of 1827 the nation's first black newspaper appeared in New York City--to counter attacks on blacks by the city's other papers. From this signal event, The African American Newspaper traces the evolution of the black newspaper--and its ultimate decline--for more than 160 years until the end of the twentieth century.

The book chronicles the growth of the black press into a powerful and effective national voice for African Americans during the period from 1910 to 1950--a period that proved critical to the formation and gathering strength of the civil rights movement that emerged so forcefully in the following decades. In particular, author Patrick S. Washburn explores how the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender led the way as the two most influential black newspapers in U.S. history, effectively setting the stage for the civil rights movement's successes. Washburn also examines the numerous reasons for the enormous decline of black newspapers in influence and circulation in the decades immediately following World War II. His book documents as never before how the press's singular accomplishments provide a unique record of all areas of black history and a significant and shaping affect on the black experience in America.

Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984–2014: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change
ISBN: 193284192X

Agate Bolden. 2014

Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence Page is one of the most nationally recognized and highly regarded syndicated columnists in the country. His newest book commemorates the 30th anniversary of his column's first appearance in the Chicago Tribune. It is the first such collection, and a long overdue archive of his best work covering a wide range of topics. Page has been a broadcast mainstay for decades, and his column, which is featured in over 150 newspapers, provides keen insight on the day's most pressing issues. While Page is known for his liberal-leaning views, readers have always appreciated his unbiased approach in directing criticism across the political spectrum.

Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984–2014 brings Page's unique perspective within the African-American and political communities, and his wealth of fascinating experiential knowledge, to the foreground of our ongoing national dialogue. As a veteran media member who has lived through the transition from print's heyday to modern mobile publishing, from the Vietnam War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and from the Civil Rights movement to the election of Barack Obama, Page is one of the most revered and uniquely qualified commentators of our time.


  • 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • 1987 American Civil Liberties Union James P. McGuire Award for columns on constitutional rights
  • 1980 Illinois UPI Award for community service for The Black Tax
  • 1976 Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting on the changing politics of Southern Africa
  • 1972 Pulitzer Prize for a Chicago Tribune Task Force series on voter fraud
  • Lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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