Carol Sutton American journalist and first woman editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper

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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]

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. 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.[8] She was the first white woman to be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalist's 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". 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". The Kansas City Times. December 25, 1971. Retrieved 30 December 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

  • 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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