Episode for April 14, 2021

Columnists Clarence Page and Jonathan Alter Episode 331

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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.

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 ReaderWashington MonthlyNew Republic, the Wall Street JournalNew York Newsday, and Emerge.

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.

His first book, Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, was published in hardcover by Harper-Collins.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer and radio host.

Alter is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies”(2013), “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” (2010) and “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope”(2006), also one of the Times’ “Notable Books” of the year. Alter’s latest book is “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life.” (2020).

A former senior editor of Newsweek, Alter is a longtime contributing correspondent and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.  In 2019, he co-produced and co-directed the HBO documentary “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” winning the 2020 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary.

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