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columnist,

the writer of an essay appearing regularly in a newspaper or periodical, usually under a constant heading. Although originally humorous, the column in many cases has supplanted the editorial for authoritative opinions on world problems. Usually independent of the policy of the publication, the columnist is allowed to criticize political and social institutions as well as persons. Well-known American columnists have included Finley Peter Dunne, Heywood BrounBroun, Heywood Campbell
, 1888–1939, American newspaper columnist and critic, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked on the New York Tribune (1912–21) and the New York World (1921–28), where his syndicated column, "It Seems to Me," began.
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, Ernie PylePyle, Ernie
(Ernest Taylor Pyle), 1900–1945, American journalist, b. Dana, Ind. After working (1923–32) as a reporter, an editor, and an aviation writer, he became managing editor of the Washington Daily News.
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, F. P. AdamsAdams, Franklin Pierce,
pseud. F. P. A.,
1881–1960, American columnist and author, b. Chicago. He began (1903) work as a columnist on the Chicago Journal and continued it on the New York Evening Mail, the Tribune, the World, the
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 (F. P. A.), Drew PearsonPearson, Drew,
1897–1969, American journalist and radio commentator, b. Evanston, Ill. He traveled around the world as a correspondent before joining the Baltimore Sun in 1926.
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, Dorothy Thompson, Arthur KrockKrock, Arthur,
1886–1974, American journalist, b. Glasgow, Ky. He left Princeton to take up reporting and worked in Louisville and Washington. In 1927 he joined the New York Times, becoming Washington correspondent in 1932.
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, Westbrook Pegler, Walter LippmannLippmann, Walter,
1889–1974, American essayist and editor, b. New York City. He was associate editor of the New Republic in its early days (1914–17), but at the outbreak of World War I he left to become Assistant Secretary of War, later helping to prepare data
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, James RestonReston, James Barrett
(Scotty Reston), 1909–95, American journalist, b. Clydebank, Scotland. His family emigrated to the United States in 1920. After working briefly for the Springfield (Ohio) Daily News, he joined the Associated Press in 1934.
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, Joseph and Stewart AlsopAlsop, Joseph
, 1910–89, and Alsop, Stewart, 1914–74, American political journalists, b. Avon, Conn. Joseph joined (1932) the New York Herald Tribune as a staff reporter and moved (1936) to its Washington, D.C., bureau.
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, Russell Baker, Mary McGrory, William F. BuckleyBuckley, William Frank, Jr.,
1925–2008, American editor, author, and lecturer, b. New York City, grad. Yale, 1946. A popular, eloquent, and witty spokesman for the conservative point of view, Buckley helped found the modern conservative movement and played an important
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, Jr., Jimmy Breslin, William SafireSafire, William L.
, 1929–2009, American journalist and speechwriter, b. New York City as William Safir. A former reporter and public-relations executive, he became a speechwriter (1968–73) for Richard Nixon during his 1968 presidential campaign and continued in the
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, Tom Wicker, Ellen Goodman, Murray Kempton, and Art BuchwaldBuchwald, Art
, 1925–2006, American humorist, b. Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He began (1949) a syndicated entertainment column for the New York Herald Tribune while living in Paris.
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. Noted newspaper columnists have included gossip columnists Walter Winchell, Louella Parsons, Liz Smith, and "Suzy"; advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail van Buren; economic columnist Sylvia Porter; etiquette columnist "Miss Manners" (Judith Martin); and sports columnists Lou Cannon and Red SmithSmith, Red
(Walter Wellesley Smith), 1905–82, American sportswriter, b. Green Bay, Wis., grad. Notre Dame, 1927. After working on newspapers in St. Louis and Philadelphia, he began a syndicated column in the New York Herald Tribune in 1945.
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Bibliography

See S. G. Riley, ed., Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists (1995) and S. G. Riley, The American Newspaper Columnist (1998).

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When Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky was considering speakers for this week's Thursday-Sunday National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference, he studied the results of a 2006 survey of NSNC members.
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This year's honoree is Chicago Tribune/Tribune Media Services columnist Clarence Page, who'll receive the award during the NSNC's June 21-24 conference in Philadelphia.
For that reason, columnists and other critics don't have to sing hosannas in praise of anyone, that's not their work.
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In 2007, when I was at the progressive media watchdog organization Media Matters for America, we surveyed every daily newspaper in America and asked which syndicated columnists they ran (96 percent responded, so our survey was as close to complete as it could be).
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When the professor writes a second column using the character, the editor asks who the person is, and the columnist explains.
Syndicated columnists (and talk show hosts) have the coverage they do because a paper gets a positive response from readers.
During Wednesday's edition of probably the best example of public-forum irresponsibility and insensitivity, ``Around The Horn,'' loudmouth host Max Kellerman was so rattled by the topic he wasn't even giving any points to columnists for their opinions during the debate because ``the subject is serious.