Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page has been selected for the 2017 W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.

Page will receive the honor at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards dinner on Feb. 15, 2018. Learn more about the dinner and awards here.

NPF judges said: “In an extraordinary career spanning a half century, Clarence Page has distinguished himself in every medium in a rapidly changing news media environment – reporter and editor for newspapers and television, syndicated columnist, book author and social media. Page’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columns tackle the thorniest issues of the day – from immigration to discrimination – with good humor and humility. For his multi-faceted career, Clarence Page is richly deserving of the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.”

Clarence_PagePage, who won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a nationally syndicated columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Page also has been a regular contributor of essays to “The PBS NewsHour,” a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group” and a frequent guest on other national radio and television programs. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown (Ohio) Journal and The Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. He was a reporter, producer and community affairs director at WBBM-TV from 1980 to 1984. Before that he was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune, where he participated in a 1972 series on vote fraud, which also won a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, a collection of his columns titled “Culture Worrier” was published in 2014.

“I am delightfully surprised and honored to receive this award, especially now when our profession and press freedoms are under fire,” Page said. “I accept on behalf of all journalists working hard to protect the public’s right to know and hold our leaders accountable.”

The National Press Foundation created the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award to honor people who have, through their vision and leadership, strengthened American journalism and furthered the efforts to establish the highest quality in American journalism.

The National Press Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is run by and for journalists. NPF’s sole mission is to educate journalists about today’s most pressing issues and critical toolbox training.

Watch Clarence Page describe the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize winning work on voter fraud: