Joseph Medill Patterson Albright

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Joseph Medill Patterson Albright (born 1937) is an American businessman and news publisher. He is the former husband of Madeleine Albright.[1]


He was born to Jay Frederick Reeve (1893–1956), a lawyer, and his wife, née Josephine Medill Patterson (1913–1996), a reporter and airplane pilot.[1] His parents divorced in 1944, and his mother married painter Ivan Le Lorraine Albright in 1946. Joseph and his sister Alice were adopted by their mother's second husband, and their surname became "Albright". Two additional children were born to this second marriage, Adam and Blandina (known as "Dina").[2]

Albright is the scion of a media empire, the grandson and namesake of Joseph Medill Patterson, founder of the New York Daily News who had rivaled William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s. His great-great grandfather, Joseph Medill, owned the Chicago Tribune and had been elected mayor of Chicago. His aunt, Alicia Patterson, founded Newsday.

Albright attended Williams College. He met Madeleine Jana Korbel when she spent a summer working at the Denver Post. They married in 1959 after Madeleine's graduation from Wellesley College. They had three daughters, Katie and twins Anne and Alice. After he left Madeleine for another woman, the couple divorced in 1982. Albright remarried Marcia Kunstel; they own Flat Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.[1]

Family tree[edit]

Joseph Medill
William Sanderson McCormick
Robert Wilson Patterson
Elinor Medill
Katherine van Etta Medill
Robert Sanderson McCormick
Joseph Medill Patterson
Eleanor Josephine Medill Patterson
Joseph Medill McCormick
Ruth Hanna
Robert Rutherford McCormick
Alicia Patterson
Harry Frank Guggenheim
Jay Frederick Reeve
Josephine Medill Patterson
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright
James Joseph Patterson
Joseph Medill Patterson Reeve, later Albright
(born abt. 1937)
Madeleine Jana Korbel
(born 1937)


  1. ^ a b c Lawrence Van Gelder (January 18, 1996). "Josephine Patterson Albright, Colorful Journalist, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2010. Josephine Patterson Albright, who flew the mail, shot tigers in India, covered Chicago crime in journalism's colorful "Front Page" era, ran an Illinois dairy and pig farm, bred horses in Wyoming, wrote a column about her family and helped establish a foundation for journalists, died on Monday at her home in Woodstock, Vt. She was 82. A daughter, Alice Arlen of Manhattan, said the death was caused by complications after a stroke. 
  2. ^ McKinney, Megan (2011), The Magnificent Medills, New York, New York: HarperCollins, pp. 301–2, ISBN 978-0-06-178223-7 

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