James S. Free

James S. Free

James Stillman Free (November 5,1908- April 3,1996) was an American journalist whose 50 years of Washington-based reporting included coverage of 10 presidential administrations, seven national political conventions, the Cold War, labor relations, civil rights, and the space program. [ "Journalist James Free Dies; Covered Capital for 50 Years" "Washington Post", April 5, 1996, ] [ "James S. Free, 87, Local Newsman" "Washington Times" April 5, 1996.]

For 33 years he served as the Washington correspondent for the Birmingham News. In a "Congressional Record" tribute, Sen. Howell Heflin of Alabama said of Free, “his name and writings became synonymous with Alabama political coverage and analysis in the nation’s capital.” [ "Congressional Record", Vol. 142, No. 50, April 18, 1996. ] Because of his pivotal reporting during the civil rights struggle, Free had unusually open access to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. [ National Press Club oral history of James S. Free, pgs. 16, 17 ]

Free was chairman of the Standing Committee of Correspondents of the Congressional Press Galleries and was president of the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as a member of its hall of fame.

For many years Free served as the historian of the Gridiron Club, an organization of Washington journalists. He wrote a book about the club’s history, entitled, “The First One Hundred Years: A Casual Chronicle of the Gridiron Club.”

Before establishing the Birmingham News bureau in Washington, Free worked for the paper in Birmingham, and for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Washington Star, the Chicago Sun and the Raleigh News & Observer.

His reporting received recognition from the Raymond Clapper Award Committee for coverage of national affairs and he received an outstanding alumnus award from the University of Alabama.

Free, a native of Gordo, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

In 1932, Free briefly partnered with L. Ron Hubbard, who later founded the Church of Scientology. They co-directed an unsuccessful sailing expedition in the Caribbean on the Doris Hamlin, which was to have included the production of a film and the collection of flora and fauna. Detailed accounts of this adventure are available in Free’s personal biography and in an oral history taken by the National Press Club.

Free served in the Navy in the Caribbean and Pacific during World War II and retired from the Naval Reserve as a captain in 1968.

In 1950 he married journalist Ann Cottrell Free and for a time they co-authored Whirligig, a daily syndicated column about Washington politics.

His professional papers are in the manuscript division of the Library of Congress and his professional oral history is in the collection of the National Press Club.


External links

* [http://press.org/library/archives_oralhistory.cfm National Press Club Oral History Collection]
* [http://www.anncottrellfree.org/james.htm Web biography]
* [http://www.anncottrellfree.org/pdfs/James_Stillman_Free_biography%5B1%5D.pdf Personal Biography]
* [http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2008/ms008052.pdf The Papers of James Free in the Library of Congress]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • James Turk — James (Jim) Turk is a Canadian author, progressive activist, union organiser and professor. He is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).Turk earned his A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. from… …   Wikipedia

  • James Allen (author) — James Allen (born November 28 1864 in Leicester, England died 1912) was a philosophical writer of British nationality known for his inspirational books and poetry. Background Allen was 15 when his father, a businessman, was robbed and murdered.… …   Wikipedia

  • James I of England — Infobox British Royalty|majesty name = James VI and I title = King of Scotland, England, and Ireland imgw = 200 caption = James I of England from the period 1603–1613, by Paul van Somer I (1576–1621) succession = King of Scotland reign = 24 July… …   Wikipedia

  • James McCune Smith — Inscription: First regularly educated Colored Physician in the United States. Born …   Wikipedia

  • Free speech zone — Free speech zones (also known as First Amendment Zones, Free speech cages, and Protest zones) are areas set aside in public places for political activists to exercise their right of free speech in the United States. The First Amendment to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Free Christian — Free Christians, sometimes known as Non Subscribing Protestants or Non Creedal Dissenters [ cite book |title= Studies In English Dissent |last= Nuttall|first= Geoffrey F.|year= 2002|publisher= Quinta Press|location= |isbn= 1 897856 14 8|pages= ;… …   Wikipedia

  • James Dahlman — James Charles Dahlman Mayor of Omaha In office 1906–1918 Preceded by Harry B. Zimman Succeeded by …   Wikipedia

  • James Valitchka — wrote his first bestselling novel Superheroes Don t Have Dads at 8 years old. When James was only 10 years old he became an Anti Bullying Advocate and motivational speaker, as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for literacy. Sponsored by Air Canada… …   Wikipedia

  • James O'Halloran — (born c.1820, died June 1 1913) was a Quebec lawyer and political figure. He was born about 1820 (some sources say 1821) near Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland and came to Canada with his family in 1828. He studied at the University of Vermont and… …   Wikipedia

  • James Ford Seale — (born 1936) is a former Ku Klux Klan member charged by the U.S. Justice Department on January 24, 2007, and subsequently convicted on June 14, 2007, with the kidnapping of two African American teenagers in Meadville, Mississippi, in 1964. [ [http …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”