Reston, James, 1909-1995

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James Barrett Reston, along with such writers as Eric Sevareid, Joseph Alsop, and Walter Lippmann, had a tremendous influence on shaping twentieth-century American journalism. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Reston worked in publicity and reporting before taking a job with the Associated Press. In 1937, he went to London to cover news and sports for the A. P. During this assignment, Reston met Arthur Hays Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times . Soon after their encounter, Reston began work at the Times 's London bureau, and he continued his relationship with the paper until his death more than fifty years later. His specialties included political and international reporting, topics upon which he commented extensively first as a reporter and later as a columnist at the paper's Washington bureau. In addition to his duties as a writer, Reston served as the chief Washington correspondent from 1953 until 1964, and also worked as associated editor (1964-68), executive editor (1968-69), and vice president (1969-74). The best source on Reston's life is his 1991 autobiography, Deadline: A Memoir (New York: Random House, 1991). The papers contain extensive manuscript drafts of this book.

From the guide to the James B. Reston Papers, 1935-1995, (University of Illinois Archives)

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From the description of Reminiscences of James Barrett Reston : lecture, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122481131

From the description of Reminiscences of James Barrett Reston : lecture, 1963. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122684107

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associatedWith Alden, Robert Ross. person
associatedWith Alsop, Joseph, 1910-1989. person
associatedWith Alsop, Joseph W. (Joseph Wright), 1876-1953 person
associatedWith Alsop, Stewart. Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop papers. 1699-1989 person
correspondedWith Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, 1893-1973. person
associatedWith Baldwin, Hanson Weightman, 1903-1991. person
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973. person
correspondedWith Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-1973. person
associatedWith Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986. person
associatedWith Buchwald, Art. person
associatedWith Bunting, Mary Ingraham, 1910- person
associatedWith Carolina Symposium. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia University. Graduate School of Journalism. corporateBody
associatedWith Daniel, Clifton, 1912-2000. person
associatedWith Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910- person
associatedWith Hammond, Thomas Taylor. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Hough, Henry Beetle, 1896- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Leslie, Frank P. person
associatedWith Louchheim, Katie, 1903- person
associatedWith Luxon, Norval Neil, b. 1899. person
associatedWith Matthews, Herbert Lionel, 1900- person
associatedWith Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Minow, Newton N., 1926-. person
correspondedWith Mowrer, Edgar Ansel, 1892-1977. person
correspondedWith Mowrer, Lilian T. (Lilian Thomson). Edgar Ansel Mowrer and Lilian T. Mowrer papers. 1910-1970 person
associatedWith New York Times Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Randolph, Bessie Carter, 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925- person
associatedWith Rutland, Robert Allen, 1922- person
correspondedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
correspondedWith Smith, Hedrick. person
correspondedWith Smith, Hedrick. person
associatedWith Starobin, Joseph R. (Joseph Robert), 1913-1976. person
associatedWith Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. person
associatedWith Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968. person
associatedWith University of Michigan. Alumni Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Yardley, Jonathan. person
associatedWith Yoder, Edwin M. (Edwin Milton), 1934- person
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Birth 1909-11-03

Death 1995-12-06

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