James S. Doyle

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James S. "Jim" Doyle (born c. 1935) is an American journalist and activist.


He graduated from Boston College in 1956,[1] and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (with honors) in 1961.[2] He was a 1965 Society of Nieman Fellows awardee at Harvard University.[3]

He started as Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe in 1965, where he broke the story of an unqualified nominee for federal district judge, which led to the withdrawal of the nomination and the Globe's winning its first Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Public Service in 1966. In 1970 he joined The Washington Star as national correspondent, which landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

In 1973 to 1975 Doyle was Special Assistant to Watergate Prosecutors Archibald Cox, Leon Jaworski and Henry Ruth. His book on the battles of the Watergate prosecutors, Not Above The Law, was published by William Morrow in 1977. From 1976 to 1983 he was chief political correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief for Newsweek magazine.

Doyle retired in 1998, then supervised the Committee of Concerned Journalists study "The Clinton/Lewinsky Story: How Accurate? How Fair?"[4]

He was a senior adviser to Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, a non-profit set up by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's aimed at convincing the public of a need to shift 15% ($40 billion-plus) from defense procurement of Cold-War weapons to domestic programs such as child health insurance and Head Start.In April 2015 he self-published "Family Matters: A Boy's Life in Depression-era Dorchester" through Amazon.com


He won the New York Newspaper Guild Page One Award in 1980 for the Newsweek cover article, "Is America Turning Right?"

Membership and Associations[edit]

He's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the advisory board of the Pew Center For Civic Journalism, and an associate of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

For fifteen years, Doyle ran the editorial operations for Army Times Publishing Company, a group of six national weeklies covering the military, defense, aerospace and civilian federal workers, now a division of the Gannett.


  1. ^ Boston University Class of '65 donors
  2. ^ Columbia Alumni Journal
  3. ^ Nieman Fellowship Program Alumni Fellows, 1965.
  4. ^ Doyle, James S. Has Money Corrupted Washington Journalism? Nieman Reports Vol. 53 No. 4 Winter 1999