Carol Sutton

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

Carol 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 our first recipient to 8 or twelve deserving people.[7] She was the first white woman to be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalist's Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ "Carol Sutton". Almanac of Famous People (8th ed.). Gale Group. 2003.
  2. ^ 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". Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "WOMEN OF THE YEAR: Great Changes, New Chances, Tough Choices". Time. January 5, 1976. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Penney-Missouri Honors to Women's Pages". The Kansas City Times. December 25, 1971. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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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