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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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35 news items

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) ...
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:25:38 -0800

As the first bus was about to pull out of Montgomery for Jackson, Claude Sitton, the Southern correspondent for the Times, and I were standing in the Trailways station discussing whether it was appropriate for reporters to be on it. In questions about ...
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 ...

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 ...
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:11:15 -0700

Four notable journalists with Atlanta backgrounds will be enshrined into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame during a Nov. 7 ceremony. Tom Brokaw, Celestine Sibley, Claude Sitton and Brenda Wood will join 16 others who have been inducted in the Hall ...

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.


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:38:50 -0700

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Professors at North Carolina's flagship public university met Friday for the first time in the aftermath of an independent investigation that showed campus leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored red flags that ...
American Journalism Review
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:13:39 -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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