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Claude Fox Sitton (born December 4, 1925) is a retired American newspaper reporter and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He covered the civil rights movement for The New York Times during the 1950s and 1960s, eventually becoming the paper's national editor. He served as editorial director of Raleigh News and Observer and Raleigh Times in 1968, and as editor of News and Observer and vice-president of News and Observer publishing company from 1970 until retirement in 1990.[1]

Sitton graduated from Emory University in 1949, where he was editor in chief of the student newspaper The Emory Wheel. He returned to Emory to teach from 1991 to 1994, and was a member of Board of Counselors of Emory's Oxford College (1993–2001).

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning history of civil rights journalism The Race Beat, authors Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff describe Sitton as the standard bearer for civil rights journalism in the 1950s. "Sitton's byline would be atop the stories that landed on the desks of three presidents," they write (page 191). "His phone number would be carried protectively in the wallets of the civil rights workers who saw him, and the power of his byline, as their best hope for survival."[2]

In addition to the Pulitzer for commentary, which he won in 1983, Sitton has received the George Polk Career Award (1991) and John Chancellor Award for excellence in journalism (2000). He lives in Oxford, Georgia.


  1. ^ http://reportingcivilrights.loa.org/authors/bio.jsp?authorId=73
  2. ^ The Race Beat at Amazon

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Claude Sitton Hall of Fame Video

Claude Sitton - Inducted into Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame - November 7, 2014.

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Communities Digital News

Communities Digital News
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:22:30 -0800

ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2014 — The Atlanta community paused Friday to celebrate the works of four legendary journalists who were inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. Tom Brokaw, Celestine Sibley, Claude Sitton and Brenda Wood were inducted ...
Emory University News and Events
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:15:00 -0800

Baquet was in Atlanta to help honor Emory graduate Claude Sitton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter and editor who was sent South by the New York Times to cover the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, eventually becoming the ...
Rockdale Citizen
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:16:37 -0700

Journalist Claude Sitton looks on as Regents Chairman Robert O. Arnold announces that reporters will be banned from certain buildings at the University of Georgia in 1961, during the unrest of the civil rights movement. (Special Photo) ...

SaportaReport (blog)

SaportaReport (blog)
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:47:12 -0800

I had never appreciated the reporting chops of Celestine Sibley until I became her target. As a budding journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I had long admired the homespun writing talents of Sibley – her ability to tell heartfelt tales of ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:46:13 -0800

... Press Club Hall of Fame dinner, with four well-deserved inductees: retired NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, New York Times reporter Claude Sitton, the late great Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter/columnist Celestine Sibley and 11 Alive anchor Brenda Wood.

Morganton News Herald

Morganton News Herald
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:14:58 -0800

Executive Director Claude Sitton conducts the interviews with the veterans while Louis Asbury films them. The Veteran Interview Project has been going on at the museum for about four or five years now. The museum received a grant from the Community ...


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:33:45 -0700

... (1914-1999), a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution 1941-99, who wrote more than 10,000 columns, countless news stories and 30 books chronicling Atlanta during her journalistic career; Claude Sitton, the New York Times' Southern correspondent ...
American Journalism Review
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Roberts recalled how protesters who “didn't trust the local law enforcement people or even the federal law enforcement people” would call New York Times reporter Claude Sitton and say, “'There's a story here. You ought to be here.' And they felt safe ...

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