Austin H. Kiplinger
Kiplinger is editor emeritus of the Kiplinger organization, publisher of The Kiplinger Letter, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Kiplinger.com.
He began his professional journalism career in the mid-1930s, as the Cornell campus stringer for the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal and for the Associated Press during the 1936 presidential campaign. His first full-time newspaper job was as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1940 and '41. In 1948 he became the front-page daily columnist of The Chicago Journal of Commerce, writing about local and national business issues.
In the early 1950s, at barely 34 years of age, "Kip" became a rising star in the pioneering days of television news. Dubbed "The Cool Young Voice" in a Newsweek magazine profile, Austin was a Chicago anchorman and national correspondent for the ABC and NBC television networks. He was part of a small but aggressive ABC team -- including such future luminaries as Martin Agronsky, Pauline Frederick and Chet Huntley -- that won kudos for their coverage of the 1952 political conventions, against the greater resources of CBS and NBC.
Mr. Kiplinger was a 1989 inductee into the Washington Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists, joining his father in that honor. In 1999 he was named a "Business News Luminary of the Century" by TJFR (The Journalist and Financial Reporting).
Mr. Kiplinger has long been active in support of journalism education. In 1965 he joined with his father in founding the Washington Journalism Center, a fellowship and conference program for outstanding young journalists. The Center's seminars on policy issues would eventually become the core program of the National Press Foundation, of which Austin is a longtime trustee.
As chairman of The Kiplinger Foundation, Austin endowed, in his father's memory, The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University. It is administered by the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.
Austin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, which he has served as a trustee for over four decades. He also did graduate study in economics at Harvard University. During World War II he served as a Navy pilot, flying torpedo bombers off carriers in the South Pacific.
His son, Knight, is president and editor in chief of the publishing company, founded in 1920.