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Robert Phillips Clark

Robert Phillips Clark, American editor, consultant. Decorated Bronze Star, Purple Heart; Nieman fellow Harvard University, 1960-1961; named Editor of Year, National Press Photographers Association, 1967.

Background

  • Clark, Robert Phillips was born on December 3, 1921 in Randolph, Vermont, United States. Son of James S. and Gladys M. (Phillips) Clark.

  • Education

    • AB, Tufts University, 1942. Master of Arts, University Missouri, 1948.

    Career

    • Reporter Owensboro Messenger & Inquirer, Kentucky, 1948-1949. Reporter, science writer Courier-Journal, Louisville, 1949-1962, Washington correspondent, 1958. Managing editor Louisville Times, 1962-1971.

      Executive editor Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, 1971-1979. Editor Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal, 1979-1982. V.p news Harte-Hanks Newspapers, 1983-1986.

      Co-chairman research committee Newspaper Readership Project, 1982-1983. News, editorial consultant, since 1987. Distinguished visiting professor Baylor University, 1990-1992, Slippery Rock University, 1990.

      Member accrediting committee Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, 1986-1989.

    Works

    • Author: Success Stories: What 28 Newspapers Are Doing to Gain and Retain Readers, 1988, Keys to Success: Strategies for Newspaper Marketing in the '90s, 1989. Also numerous articles.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Congregationalist

    Membership

    Board director Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1968-1973, past secretary. Trustee Southwest School of Art and Craft, 1993-1996. Board director San Antonio Botanical Society, 1996—2004.

    Pulitzer Prize juror, 1968, 69, 88, 89. Served to captain United States Army, World War II, PTO. Member American Society Newspaper Editors (president 1985-1986, vice president Foundation 1980-1981, 85-86, contributor American Editor), Society Professional Journalists (contributor Quill Journal), Associated Press Managing Editors Association (president 1974-1975, chairman regents 1979-1980), International Press Institute (board director American committee 1981-1987), Society Mayflower Descendants (captain San Antonio colony 1999-2003, elder 2003-2005), Torch Club (San Antonio, president 1997-1998, contributor The Torch), Delta Tau Delta.

    Connections

    • Married Jeanne Orr Rice, December 14, 1949. Children: Patricia Orr Clark Roy, Elizabeth Phillips Clark Christiansen.
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    Born December 3, 1921
    • 1942
      Tufts University
    • 1948
      University Missouri
    • 1948 - 1949
      Reporter Owensboro Messenger & Inquirer
      Kentucky, United States
    • 1958
      reporter
    • 1962 - 1971
      managing editor Louisville Times
    • 1971 - 1979
      executive, editor Courier-Journal and Louisville Times
    • 1979 - 1982
      editor Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal
    • 1982 - 1983
      co-chairman research committee Newspaper Readership Project
    • 1983 - 1986
      v.p news Harte-Hanks Newspapers
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