Carol Sutton

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Carol Sutton (June 29, 1933[1] – February 19, 1985[2]) was an American journalist. She got her journalism degree from the University of Missouri.[3] In 1974 she became the first female managing editor of a major U.S. daily newspaper,[4] The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. She was cited as the example of female achievement in journalism when Time named American Women as the 1975 People of the Year.[4] During her tenure at the paper, it was awarded the 1971 Penney-Missouri Award for General Excellence[5] and in 1976 the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for its coverage of school desegregation in Louisville.[6] She is also credited with significantly raising the number of minority reporters on staff.[7][3]

Sutton knew of her Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame award at the University of Kentucky before her death in 1985, and was very humbled and honored by it.[citation needed] The family holds a Carol Sutton Memorial Scholarship Award in her honor every year, which has grown from one recipient to eight or twelve.[8] She was the first white woman to be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists' Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "Carol Sutton". Almanac of Famous People (8th ed.). Gale Group. 2003.
  2. ^ "Carol Sutton". Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Runyon, Keith (May 16, 2014). "The First Woman Senior Editor at a Major Newspaper Worked in Louisville. It Didn't End Well, Either". WFPL. Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Women of the Year: Great Changes, New Chances, Tough Choices". Time. January 5, 1976. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Penney-Missouri Honors to Women's Pages". Kansas City Times. December 25, 1971. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  6. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (February 20, 1985). "Carol Sutton, Ranking Editor In Louisville, Ky., Dead at 51". The New York Times. p. B8. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Voss, Kimberly Wilmot (Winter 2010). "The Burden of Being First: Carol Sutton and the Courier-Journal". American Journalism. 27 (1): 117–143. doi:10.1080/08821127.2010.10677761.
  8. ^ Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. (1998). Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Lives, vol. 1, Notable Americans Who Died Between 1981 and 1985. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 775–776.

Further reading[edit]

  • James D. Ausenbaugh, At Sixth and Broadway: Tales From the Glory Days of a Great Newspaper, The Courier-Journal, Mews Publishing Company, 1998.
  • Patricia Bradley, Mass Media and the Shaping of American Feminism, 1963–1975, University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
  • Mimi O'Malley, It Happened in Kentucky, Morris Book Publishing, Guilford, CT, 2006.
  • Kimberly Voss and Lance Speere, "Taking Chances and Making Changes: The Career Paths and Pitfalls of Pioneering Women in Newspaper Management", Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, published online March 20, 2014, by SAGE on behalf of Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication.
  • Kay Mills, A Place in the News, Columbia University Press, New York, 1990.
  • Marion Marzoff, Up From the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists, Hasting House, New York. 1977.

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