Journalist Claude Sitton died at 89, honored as a brave man


“He was not going to be intimidated … He felt that as a reporter –  certainly as a reporter for The New York Times – it was essential for him to see with his own eyes and not to just be relaying what other people saw.” Veteran Georgia journalist Bill Shipp remembers him: “He was a first rate journalist. When Claude was around, we all gathered in his room to compare notes. He was the kind of unofficial squad leader of the reporters covering civil rights.” For long following his reporter activity, Claude Sitton served as The Times’ national news editor and went on to become editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1983 he won the Pulitzer Prize.


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