Byron Price (1891–1981) was director of the Office of Censorship for the United States government during World War II.
Price was born near Topeka, Indiana on 25 March 1891. He was a magazine editor at Topeka High School, and worked as a journalist and newspaper deliverer at the Crawfordsville Journal and the college newspaper while attending Wabash College. He joined United Press in 1912 and the Associated Press (AP) soon after, where he stayed for 29 years except for two years in the United States Army during World War I. Price served as the AP's Washington bureau chief and, in 1937, became executive news editor of the organization.:37-39 For his role at the Office of Censorship, Price received a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman presented him with the Medal for Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services as Director, Office of Censorship, from December 20, 1941, until August 15, 1945."
After his tenure ended after the end of the war in 1945 Price did not return to the AP. He instead became a vice-president of the Motion Picture Association of America, then an Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations until retiring in 1954. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 Price reluctantly agreed to again become head of censorship if war broke out with the Soviet Union.:211-212 The Byron Price papers are located at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI. 
- ^ a b Sweeney, Michael S. (2001). Secrets of Victory: The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-2598-0.
- ^ Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53708. Click on "start another session," select "Guided Search," then enter name. 
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