UIC Urban Forum


2016 Keynote Speaker Announced


Clarence Page

Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist, Chicago Tribune

Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services in close to 200 papers. He has been based in Washington, D.C. since May 1991.

In September 2014 his latest book, Culture Worrier: Selected Columns (1984-2014) was published by Amazon. “His newest book commemorates the 30th anniversary of his column's first appearance in the Chicago Tribune. It is the first such collection, and a long overdue archive of his best work covering a wide range of topics.” (Amazon 2014)

Page is a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group” and also serves as a guest panelist on CBS’s “Face The Nation”. He is a regular contributor of essays to “PBS News Hour” and has hosted documentaries on the Public Broadcasting System.

Page was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980. He joined WBBM-TV in August 1980 as Director of the Community Affairs Department and worked as a reporter and planning editor at the station from August 1982 to July 1984.

Page’s awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI awards for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa.

Page also participated in a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received public service awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns educating readers on constitutional rights.

Page is on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He received a lifetime achievement award in 2004 from the National Association of Black Journalists and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.

His book Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity (Harper Collins) was published in 1996. As a freelance writer, he has published articles in Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Washington Monthly, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and Emerge.

A 1965 graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio, Page was born in Dayton, Ohio. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17.

He received his bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University in 1969, and delivered the commencement speech to the class of 1993. He also has received honorary doctorates from Ohio University, Columbia College in Chicago, Lake Forest College and the Chicago Theological Seminary, among others.

Page is married to the former Lisa Johnson of Chicago. They have one child.