Edwin O. Guthman

American journalist
Edwin O. Guthman
BornAugust 11, 1919
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
DiedAugust 31, 2008(2008-08-31) (aged 89)
New York City, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Washington (BA)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1942–1946
Rank Captain
Awards Silver Star
Purple Heart

Edwin O. Guthman (August 11, 1919 – August 31, 2008) was an American journalist and university professor. While at the Seattle Times, he won the paper's first Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1950. Guthman was third on Richard Nixon's "Enemies List."


Guthman was born in Seattle, Washington, graduating from the University of Washington in 1941.[1] He entered the Army in 1942. During World War II, he served as an infantry regiment reconnaissance platoon leader in both North Africa and Italy. In 1946, he was discharged as a captain. During his tour, he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.[2]

He was a reporter for the Seattle Star (1941–1947), and The Seattle Times[1] (1947–1961).[2] While at the Seattle Times, he won the paper's first Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1950. His articles provided evidence that the Washington State Un-American Activities Committee suppressed evidence that cleared University of Washington professor Melvin Rader of false charges of being a Communist.[1][3]

In 1961, he was tapped by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to be his press secretary. He later served in a similar position for one year when Kennedy became U.S. Senator from New York in 1965. As a result of his work with Kennedy, he was third on Nixon's Enemies List.[1][3]

He was the national editor for the Los Angeles Times from 1965 to 1977[1] and then the editorial page editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer (1977–1987).[4]

He was a senior lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, where he had been a professor since 1987. He retired in 2007.[5][6]

Personal life

Guthman died August 31, 2008, at his home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, at the age of 89.[7] He suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease that attacks the internal organs.[7] He was of Jewish descent[8] and was interred at Hillside Memorial Park.[7] He was survived by his four children: Les Guthman, Edwin H. Guthman, Gary Guthman, and Diane Guthman.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Edwin O. Guthman, '41", Columns (University of Washington alumni magazine), December 2008, p. 53.
  2. ^ a b Woo, Elaine (September 2, 2008). "Edwin O. Guthman, 89; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b USC Annenberg School profile.
  4. ^ Richard Goldstein (September 1, 2008). "Edwin O. Guthman, 89, Editor, Dies". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Lane, Laura (March 1, 2007). "Ed Guthman". Annenberg TV News. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
  6. ^ Petrie, Lesley and Torrey Andersonschoepe (March 2, 2007). "Journalists gather to fete Ed Guthman; Tom Brokaw and Kyra Phillips join in celebrating Annenberg professor's career". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 2007-12-15.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d Broom, Jack (September 1, 2008). "Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ed Guthman dies". The Seattle Times . Archived from the original on September 2, 2008.
  8. ^ "Select List Of Personna Non Grata". Jewish Post (Indianapolis). 6 July 1973.


  • "Ed Guthman, Senior Scholar". USC Annenberg School for Communication. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-12-15.

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