175 Makers of History: Claude F. Sitton

Claude F. Sitton 47Ox 49C 84H
Journalist; Pulitzer Prize Winner

Claude Sitton

In 1983, Claude F. Sitton won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. It was just one of the many honors he received in a distinguished journalistic career that spanned nearly a half century.

In 1957, following stints with wire services and the United States Information Agency, Sitton joined the New York Times. The following year, the paper assigned him to its Atlanta bureau where Newsweek named him, "the best daily newspaperman on the Southern scene" because of his writing on the civil rights movement.

In 1968, he moved to the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, eventually rising to editor. It was there that Sitton wrote his Pulitzer Prize–winning work.

Following his retirement, Sitton taught a seminar at Emory about press coverage of the civil rights movement.