Celebrated political columnist Paul Greenberg has died at the age of 84.
Greenberg, born in Shreveport, La. on Jan. 21, 1937, died on April 6, 2021.
The veteran journalist made a name for himself for his editorials at the Pine Bluff Commercial and later at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was awarded the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for editorials on the civil rights movement written in 1968.
After earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia as well as doing postgraduate coursework at Columbia University in New York City, Greenberg moved to Arkansas in 1962 for a position at the Pine Bluff Commercial, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. He served as the editorial page editor for the newspaper from 1962 to 1992, taking a brek to write editorials for the Chicago Daily News from 1966-67.
It was during this period that Greenberg won his Putlizer and was a finalist for the award in 1978 and 1986. He also served as a Pulitizer jurist in 1984 and 1985. Greenberg was lauded for his work, receiving a wide array of awards throughout the years, including the H.L. Mencken Award and the Arkansas Associated Press Editorial Writing Award.
Greenberg jumped to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 1992 to head the newspaper’s editorial page. According to a Dem-Gaz report, he continued to write editorials until 2018 even after being placed in hospice in 2015.