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John Carroll

John S. Carroll is the Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2000 to 2005. Previously, he served as editor of The Sun in Baltimore from 1991 to 2000. He was appointed vice president of the Sun's corporate parent, Times Mirror Company, in 1998. From 1979 to 1991, Carroll served as editor of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald and later the Lexington Herald-Leader. Before that he held several editing positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the start of his career, Carroll worked at the Sun as a local reporter, Vietnam correspondent, Middle East correspondent and White House correspondent. In 2004 he received the Committee to Protect Journalists Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in defense of press freedom and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Leadership Award. He served on the Pulitzer Prize board from 1994 to 2003 and was chairman in 2002. He was elected an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2003. Carroll was a 1972 Nieman Fellow.



John S. Carroll on why newspapers matter
ASK THIS | April 28, 2006
The former editor of the Los Angeles Times says that the full value of newspapers is lost on today’s readers (who think they aren’t needed in the Internet age) and today’s owners (who just see their capacity for making money). The solution: Explain to the public why journalism is essential to a self-governing nation -- and find owners who recognize the valuable role newspapers play in their communities.

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