James Russell Wiggins
|8th United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
October 7, 1968 – January 20, 1969
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||George Ball|
|Succeeded by||Charles W. Yost|
|Born||December 4, 1903|
Luverne, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||November 19, 2000 (aged 96)|
Brooklin, Maine, U.S.
Wiggins' first job in journalism was as reporter for the Rock County Star in Luverne, Minnesota immediately out of high school. In 1925, at the age of 22, he borrowed $10,000 and bought the newspaper. In 1930, he moved to St. Paul to become an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and later served as Washington correspondent before becoming managing editor in 1938.
Washington Post years
Graham made Wiggins managing editor of The Post in 1947 and promoted him to executive editor in 1955. During 1960 to 1968, he worked as editor and executive vice president.
One of his first acts as editor was to end racial identification in news articles. In 1954 Wiggins Received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. He was president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1959-60. Wiggins took over the Post's editorial page in 1961.
After his tenure as ambassador, Wiggins moved to Brooklin, Maine where he became editor and publisher of The Ellsworth American of Ellsworth, Maine. He received the Eugene Cervi Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors in 1987.
Wiggins was married to his high school sweetheart, Mabel Preston, and their marriage lasted 67 years until her death in 1990.
- Smith, J. Y. (November 20, 2000). "Post Editor J. Russell Wiggins Dies at 96; Longtime Journalist Headed News, Editorial Departments, Was U.N. Ambassador". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
- Estabrook, Robert H. "James Wiggins, journalistic legend". The Masthead. Spring 2001
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