|Born||October 12, 1935
|Died||July 17, 2012
William Raspberry (October 12, 1935 – July 17, 2012) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated American public affairs columnist. He was also the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. An African American, he frequently wrote on racial issues.
After earning a B.S. in history at the University of Indianapolis in 1958, Raspberry served as a public information officer with the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. He also worked for the Indianapolis Recorder in 1956. He later joined staff of the Washington Post as a teletypist in 1962. Raspberry quickly rose in the ranks of the paper, becoming a columnist in 1966. Raspberry was first nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1982, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1994.
Raspberry supported gay rights, writing at least one column condemning gay-bashing. He argued against certain torts and complaints from the disabled. The Ragged Edge, a disabled-rights publication, published complaints from letters to the editor that the Post did not print.
- "William Raspberry". Retrieved 2012-01-23.
- Archive Search for "William Raspberry" gay, archival list of William Raspberry's columns on gay issues at the Washington Post 1993-2005.
- Raspberry, William. What Are Gay-Bashers Afraid Of?. November 2, 1998, Washington Post. Accessed May 23, 2009.
- Raspberry's target denied response in print, March 1999, Ragged Edge Magazine.
- Raspberry, William. Claims Against Common Sense. November 16, 1998, Washington Post via archive accessed May 23, 2009.
- Raspberry, William. What I'll Do Next. December 26, 2005, Washington Post. Accessed May 23, 2009.
- Raspberry, William. A Path Beyond Grievance. November 11, 2008, Washington Post. Accessed May 23, 2009.
- Schudel, Matt (July 17, 2012). "William Raspberry dies: Washington Post columnist wrote about social issues including race, poverty". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-17.