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John S. Carroll

Honorary degree recipient at the 2014 University of New Haven Commencement Ceremony

Doctor of Humane Letters

John Carroll headshotJohn Carroll is the former editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He has spent more than four decades in the journalism field. He is now the chairman of the News Literacy Project and a member of the Advisory Board of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and the Journalism Advisory Board of ProPublica. He is currently writing a book of narrative nonfiction that deals with journalism and elite college sports.

Carroll began his career working for the Providence Journal. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he joined The Baltimore Sun. He served as the paper’s correspondent in Vietnam and covered the Tet Offensive. Later, he served as the Sun’s correspondent in the Middle East and in Washington, D.C. After a stint as a section editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, he was hired as editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he spent nearly 12 years. He returned to the Sun as editor for nearly 10 years before directing the news and editorial staffs at the Los Angeles Times from 2000 to 2005.

Under Carroll, the Los Angeles Times won 13 Pulitzer Prizes. He directed coverage at four newspapers that won Pulitzers in the investigative category. His many individual awards include the American Society of Newspaper Editors Leadership Award in 2004 and the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2004. In 1998, he was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation.

In 2006, Carroll served as Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served on the Pulitzer Prize board from 1994 to 2003 and was its chairman in 2002. He also was elected a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Born in New York City, Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Haverford College. He also was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.