Charlotte Curtis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Charlotte Curtis
BornDecember 19, 1928
Chicago, Illinois
DiedApril 16, 1987(1987-04-16) (aged 58)
OccupationJournalist, editor
Alma materVassar College

Charlotte Murray Curtis (December 19, 1928 – April 16, 1987) was an American journalist, columnist and editor at The New York Times.


Curtis worked as a reporter and society editor for the Columbus Citizen for 11 years, and at The New York Times for 25 years. She began her career at the Times as a fashion reporter in 1961, and two years later was assigned to the "society beat," rising to editor of the Family/Style section by 1965. She transformed the traditional women's pages through her emphasis on current news and "lively writing." In 1974, she became an associate editor of the Times in charge of the Op-Ed Page, a position she held until 1982. Her name appeared on the Times masthead, the first woman to be included with the senior editors. Her column of social commentary ran from 1982 to June 1986.[1]

At the Columbus Citizen, Curtis honed her skills as a writer, analyst and researcher, sometimes using humor "to the dismay of her subjects." While she was editor at the Times, she wrote articles for Harper's and Rolling Stone, and a book, The Rich and Other Atrocities, published by Harper and Row in 1976. [2]


Journalist Emily Yoffe describes her as "both the first woman on the masthead of The New York Times and one of the last women to always be the only woman in the room in the world of big-time journalism", and says she was "one of those rare print journalists who are as famous as the famous people she profiled".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Curtis was born December 19, 1928, the daughter of George Morris and Lucile Atcherson Curtis, in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She attended Vassar College,[3] majoring in United States history.[1] She was married to Dr. William E. Hunt, a professor and director of neurologic surgery at the College of Medicine at Ohio State University.[1]

Curtis died of cancer on April 16, 1987 at Ohio State University Hospital at the age of 58.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Greenwald, Marilyn S. (May 31, 1999). A Woman of the Times: journalism, feminism, and the career of Charlotte Curtis. Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-8214-1265-7.
  • Ware, Susan; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2004). Notable American women: a biographical dictionary completing the twentieth century. Harvard University Press. pp. 145–. ISBN 978-0-674-01488-6.
  • Charlotte Curtis on the Arts & Politics on YouTube


  1. ^ a b c d e New York Times Obituary, April 17, 1987
  2. ^ Charlotte Curtis, Journalist, Columbus Bicentennial
  3. ^ a b Yoffe, Emily (September 1999). "First at the Times". The Washington Monthly. 31 (8). Archived from the original on 2010-12-04.

External links[edit]