Anthony Day was born in Miami, Florida, on May 12, 1933. His father, Price Day, worked as a foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 1949, and was later editor-in-chief of the newspaper. Anthony Day had three younger brothers, all of whom also became journalists.
Day was hired by the Los Angeles Times as the chief editorial writer in 1969. He eventually rose to become the editorial page editor, a position he held from 1971 until 1989, when he relinquished his editorial responsibilities but continued with the Times as a correspondent until he retired in the mif-1990s. Day continued to work part-time for the Times as a contributor to the book review section after his official retirement. He also continued to edit a regular column by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
On the day after Day's death, Kissinger said of him, "Although he was a constant critic of the policies of the administrations in which I served, I always considered him a critic of exemplary fairness, ability and honesty."
- "Anthony Day, pivotal editorial page editor of The Times, dies at 74". Los Angeles Times
- "Tony Day, RIP". Los Angeles Times Opinion L.A.