Thomas Winship

American journalist
  • Laurence L. Winship (father)
AwardsElijah Parish Lovejoy Award (1984)

Thomas Winship (July 1, 1920 – March 14, 2002) was an American journalist who served as editor of The Boston Globe from 1965 until 1984.


Winship was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and soon after moved to Sudbury. He graduated from Belmont Hill School in 1938. He made the first ascent of Alaska's Mount Bertha in 1940.[1] He graduated from Harvard in 1942, where he founded the ski club.[2] Winship's paternal grandfather, Albert Edward Winship, was an editor of the Journal of Education.[3] His father, Laurence L. Winship, joined The Boston Globe in 1912, became managing editor in 1937, and was named editor in 1955.[4] The younger Winship succeeded his father as editor in 1965, and held the position until retiring in 1984.

Winship helped raise the Globe to the highest ranks and guided it to 12 Pulitzer Prizes as a result of the Globe's opposition to the Vietnam War and coverage of school desegregation in the 1970s.[5][2] The Pulitzers won under his leadership, beginning in 1966, were the first in Globe history.[6]

After his retirement, Winship was the first senior fellow at the Gannett Center for Media Studies (now the Freedom Forum) and the founding chairman of the Center for Foreign Journalists.[2] At the time of his death, Winship was being treated for lymphoma at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Coolidge Winship (author of the syndicated "Ask Beth" advice column), sister Joanna Crawford, sons Laurence and Benjamin, daughters Margaret and Joanna, and eight grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ Bradford Washburn with Lew Freedman, Bradford Washburn An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon, 2005, Westwinds Press, chapter 12.
  2. ^ a b c d Martin, Douglas (March 15, 2002). "Thomas Winship, Ex-Editor of Boston Globe, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "LLW—a 'tough-minded and tender-hearted' Globe editor". The Boston Globe. March 4, 1975. p. 16. Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "'Larry' Winship Charted Paths to Modern Newspaper". The Boston Globe. September 14, 1965. p. 5. Retrieved March 7, 2021 – via
  5. ^ "Thomas Winship, American editor". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Allen, Scott (June 22, 2012). "A Distinguished History of Digging Up the Truth". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
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