Judges

Clarence Page

Columnist and Editorial Board Member, Chicago Tribune
National Judge

At 17 and not yet out of Middletown (OH) High, Clarence Page made his talents available to American journalism. The Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer 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 ever since.

Page won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for commentary as a nationally syndicated columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. His book of autobiographical essays on race relations, titled “Showing My Color,” was published in 1996. He was a regular panelist on the PBS series, “The McLaughlin Group” and has been a frequent guest on other national radio and television programs. His articles also have been published by The New Republic, New York Newsday and The Wall Street Journal.

He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown (Ohio) Journal and The Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. He 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, where he participated in a 1972 series on vote fraud, which also won a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, a collection of his columns titled “Culture Worrier” was published in 2014.

Among other honors, he received the W. M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation in 2017.

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

He is married to Lisa Page, a creative writing professor at George Washington University. They have one son and live in Washington, D.C.