Yoder, Edwin M. (Edwin Milton), 1934-

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Edwin M. Yoder (1934- ), native North Carolinian, journalist, writer, and journalism professor. A 1956 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Yoder wrote editorials and columns for the Charlotte News, 1958-1961; the Greensboro Daily News, 1961-1964 and 1965-1975; the Washington Star, 1975-1981, where he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979; and the Washington Post Writers Group syndicate, 1981-1996. He taught history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1964-1965, and, in 1991, became professor of journalism and humanities at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

From the description of Edwin M. Yoder papers, 1945-1998. WorldCat record id: 44430383

Edwin Milton Yoder was born 18 July 1934 to Edwin Moses and Mytrice M. (Logue) Yoder of Mebane, N.C. Yoder attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he edited the school newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1956. As a Rhodes Scholar, Yoder attended Jesus College, Oxford University, where he read philosophy, politics, and economics and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1958. That same year, he married Mary Jane Warwick of Tennessee. They had two children, Anne Daphne and Edwin Warwick Yoder. Throughout his career, Yoder remained active in the Rhodes Scholarship program, acting as class secretary and interviewing candidates.

Yoder began his newspaper career as an editorial writer for the Charlotte News in 1958. From 1961 to 1964, Yoder worked as an editorial writer for the Greensboro Daily News, then, taking a sabbatical from the newspaper, he began a one-year position as assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1965, he returned to the Greensboro Daily News as associate editor, a position he held until 1975. Yoder accepted the position of editorial page editor of the troubled Washington Star in Washington, D.C., where he stayed until the newspaper's demise in 1981. He won several prizes for editorial writing including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979.

When the Washington Star folded, Yoder began writing an editorial column for the Washington Post Writers Group Syndicate for which he became nationally known. He continued to write the editorial column until 1997. During this time, Yoder wrote several books, including The Night of the Old South Ball, and Other Essays and Fables ; The Unmaking of a Whig and Other Essays in Self-definition ; Joe Alsop's Cold War: A Study of Journalistic Influence and Intrigue ; and The Historical Present: Uses and Abuses of the Past .

He became professor of journalism and humanities at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1991.

From the guide to the Edwin M. Yoder Papers (#4963), 1945-1998, (Southern Historical Collection)

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referencedIn Yardley, Jonathan. Jonathan Yardley papers, 1792-2006. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997. Charles Kuralt collection, 1935-1997. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Edwin M. Yoder Papers (#4963), 1945-1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Yoder, Edwin M. (Edwin Milton), 1934-. Edwin M. Yoder papers, 1945-1998. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972. Frank Porter Graham papers, 1908-1990. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn McGrory, Mary, 1918-2004. Mary McGrory papers, 1928-2004 (bulk 1956-2002). Library of Congress
creatorOf Barber, Edwin,. Papers of the Virginia Quarterly Review [manuscript], 1973-1974. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Politics in the American South, 1984. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Mary McGrory Papers, 1928-2004, (bulk 1956-2002) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Miscellaneous Papers University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
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Rhodes scholarships--History
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Journalists--History--20th century
Journalism--History--20th century
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