Eugene Patterson

Poynter Chairman and CEO Emeritus (1923-2013)

Eugene Patterson succeeded Nelson Poynter in 1978 as chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times and chairman of The Poynter Institute. A native Georgian, Patterson had been London bureau chief of United Press, editor of The Atlanta Constitution and managing editor of The Washington Post. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1967. He was elected president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1977-78. Born in 1923, he retired in 1988. A trustee emeritus of Duke University, he holds honorary degrees from 15 institutions including Tuskegee, Dillard, Harvard, Duke, Emory and Indiana Universities. Patterson died Jan. 12, 2013, at the age of 89.

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