[1968 · Akron Beacon Journal • Editorial Writing]
KNIGHT’S EDITORIALS PREDICTED VIETNAM ESCALATION
Knight started as a sportswriter in 1920 at the newspaper his father owned, The Akron Beacon Journal. He inherited the newspaper at his father’s death. The Great Depression hit the newspaper hard financially, but Knight brought it back to solvency and beyond, and along with his brother James, co-founded the Knight Ridder Newspapers as well as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
PULITZER ENTRY MATERIALS:
These ten columns address the United States’ involvement in the Viet Nam conflict.
The Beacon Journal front page from May 7, 1968, announcing Knight’s Pulitzer win.
A look back at John S. Knight’s legacy, from the Akron Beacon Journal.
John S. Knight died on June 16, 1981 at the age of 86. Here is his obituary from The New York Times.
The Knight Foundation is an organization started by John S. Knight and his brother James L. Knight in 1950. It funds journalism, art, and media projects across America.