Rowan, Carl

Rowan, Carl (Thomas)

(1925–  ) journalist; born in Ravenscroft, Tenn. One of the most prominent contemporary black journalists, he was a prizewinning reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune (1950–61) and later (from 1965) became a nationally syndicated columnist, as well as a radio commentator and panelist on television public affairs programs. In the mid-1960s he served as ambassador to Finland (1963–64) and then director of the U.S. Information Agency (1964–65).