Clarence Page has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since 1984. His twice-weekly column, syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services, appears in more than 200 newspapers. Page’s interests include politics, social commentary, pop culture, and new media.
He also provides twice-weekly commentary on WGN-TV and has been an essayist on PBS NewsHour and a regular panelist on such news panel programs as PBS’s “The McLaughlin Group,” ABC’s “This Week,” and BET’s “Lead Story.” In addition, Page has hosted a number of documentaries on PBS.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in nearby Middletown. At the age of 17, Page began his career in journalism as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980. Page was a community affairs director, reporter, and planning editor at WBBM-TV from 1980 until 1984, when he rejoined the Chicago Tribune.
He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, New York Newsday, Washington Monthly, Chicago Magazine, Emerge, and the Chicago Reader. His book, Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, was published in 1996 by HarperCollins. Page serves on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes journalism worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989 and also participated in a Pulitzer Prize- winning 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud. In 1992 Page was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2004. Page also received the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting for a 1976 series on the changing politics of South Africa and public service awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for columns educating readers about constitutional rights.
He received his bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1969. Page is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Ohio University, Columbia College Chicago, Lake Forest College, and the Chicago Theological Seminary.