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


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


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


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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


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.


Married Jeanne Orr Rice, December 14,1949. Children: Patricia Orr Clark Blackstone, Elizabeth Phillips Clark Christiansen.

James S. Clark

Gladys M. (Phillips) Clark

Jeanne Orr Rice

Patricia Orr Clark Blackstone Clark

Elizabeth Phillips Clark Christiansen Clark