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July 19, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Urges Journalists to Remember the People in Their Stories

In his keynote address at the 2012 ABA Silver Gavel Awards, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune calls award winners his new role models because of the depth and care they take in telling real stories.

Page also pays tribute to his friend William Raspberry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Washington Post who died early Tuesday. Page encourages young journalists to do what Raspberry often emphasized: to remember the people they are writing about and to care about them in their storytelling.

“He was so inspirational in so many ways,” Page said. “He called himself a solutionist. Bill cared about solutions. He said it’s not what’s right or left — he was a voice of reason.”