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Richard Lee Strout

columnist , newspaperman

Richard Lee Strout, American newspaperman, columnist. Recipient George Polk award National Reporting, 1958; award for journalism University Missouri, 1974; Sidney Hillman award, 1974; Fourth Estate award National Press Club, 1975; Pulitzer Special citation, 1978; Population Action Council award, 1983; Federation for Immigration Reform award, 1983.


Strout, Richard Lee was born on March 14, 1898 in Cohoes, New York, United States. Son of George Morris and Mary Susan (Lang) Strout.


AB, Harvard University, 1919. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1923. Doctor of Literature honorary, Brown University, 1980.


He was national correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor from 1923 and he wrote the "TRB from Washington" column for The New Republic from 1943 to 1983. He collected the best of his columns in TRB: Views and Perspectives on the Presidency (New York: Macmillan, 1979), a book notable for showing that Strout was one of the first observers of the American presidency to express worry about what later scholars and journalists came to call the imperial presidency. Richard Lee Strout was born in Cohoes, New York, on March 14, 1898, and raised in Brooklyn.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1919. He moved to England to work in journalism in 1919, returned to the United States in 1921, and held various newspaper positions for several years before beginning an association with The Christian Science Monitor that was to last until his retirement in 1984. He received a master's degree in economics from Harvard in 1923.

The Special Award cited "distinguished commentary from Washington over many years as staff correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and contributor to The New Republic." Strout was a Washington resident at age 92, when he died there on August 19, 1990, eleven days after hospitalization following a fall.


  • He won the George Polk Memorial Award for national reporting in 1958 and a special Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 1978.



Commissioned Second lieutenant infantry United States Army, World War I. War correspondent World World War World War II. Fellow Sigma Delta Chi (honorary) Clubs: National Press, Overseas Writers, Cosmos.


Married Edith R. Mayne, June 21, 1924 (deceased January 1932). Children: Alan Mayne, Phyllis Mayne, Nancy Ewing. Married Ernestine Wilke, September 4, 1939.

Children: Elizabeth Wilke, Mary Newman.

George Morris Strout

Mary Susan (Lang) Strout

Edith R. Mayne

Ernestine Wilke

Alan Mayne Strout

Phyllis Mayne Strout

Nancy Ewing Strout

Elizabeth Wilke Strout

Mary Newman Strout