Bachelor of Science with highest distinction and honors in Political Science, Northwestern University, 1949; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1952; Doctor of Laws (honorary), Davidson College, 1991; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Center College, 1996.
In addition, Black also worked as an executive for The Nashville Tennessean, Savannah Morning News, the now defunct Savannah Evening Press, Chicago Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer during his career. Black served as the President of the John South. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Conference of Editorial Writers, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. Outside of journalism, Black served as an assistant secretary of health, education and welfare for legislation during the first eighteen months of President Richard Nixon"s first term in office.
Black was born on July 15, 1925, in Harlan, Kentucky.
His father was struck and killed by lightning when he was five years old and he moved to Paducah with his mother. He began his career in professional journalism by working at the Paducah Sun-Democrat as a part-time journalist when he was seventeen years old.
He enlisted in the United States. Army during World World War II, serving in the infantry in the European Theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star during the war.
Black obtained his bachelor"s degree from Northwestern University and his master"s degree from the University of Chicago after the war.
Creed Black died of complications from a stroke in Miami, Florida, on August 16, 2011, at the age of 86.
With 100th Infantry division Army of the United States, World War II, European Theatre of Operations. Member Newspaper Association of America, Southern Newspaper Publications Association (president since 1987), American Society Newspaper Editors (president 1983), National Conference Editorial Writers (president 1962), Riviera Country Club, Kappa Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha.
Married Mary C. Davis, December 28, 1947 (divorced 1976). Children: Creed Carter, Steven D., Douglas S. Married Elsa Goss, December 9, 1977.
1 child, Michelle.