Clarence Page

  • Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
  • Member of Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board

Clarence Page, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, sits on the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board and writes a syndicated column, providing incisive and insightful commentary on American society and its politics.


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Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, syndicated columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board CLARENCE PAGE is regularly in-demand for his sharp, thoughtful and moving analysis on politics and culture in America today. A frequent panelist on The McLaughlin Group, commentator on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and political analyst on MSNBCmost recently Page delved into early primary elections, today's changing media landscape, and international affairs. Page's columns in the Chicago Tribune are widely-shared, revealing thought-provoking insights into top issues. Recently, Page has shed light on everything from racially-fueled Twitter wars to how automation is affecting our lives and the economy. 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 knows how to decode top political issues with clarity, balance and humor. 

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Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, is a columnist syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services and a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board. Page is also a regular contributor of essays to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has been a regular on The McLaughlin Group, The Chris Matthews Show, Nightline and Lead Story news panel programs. 

Page's awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI awards for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting in 1976. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Chicago Headline Club and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1992, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. 

Page was a reporter, producer and community affairs director at WBBM-TV from 1980 to 1984. Before that he was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune, during which he participated in a 1972 Task Force series on vote fraud which also won a Pulitzer Prize. 

His book Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity was published in 1996 by Harper Collins. 

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he grew up in Middletown. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of science in journalism in 1969. He also has received honorary degrees from Columbia College in Chicago, Lake Forest College, the Chicago Theological Seminary and the John Marshall School of Law, among others.

Page is married, has one son, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC.