Paul Greenberg Bio

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

An exceptional craftsman, he gives readers an aesthetic as well as political experience and has evoked comparisons to H.L. Mencken and William Allen White. A thoughtful essayist who can also be a devastating critic, Greenberg describes himself as "an ideologically unreliable conservative."

Greenberg won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1978 and 1986. Among his many other honors are the 1988 William Allen White Award, the 1988 Arkansas Associated Press Editorial Writing Award, the 1987 H.L. Mencken Award, the 1983 University of Missouri School of Journalism Medal of Honor, the American Society of Newspaper Editors' 1981 Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary, and the 1964 Grenville Clark Editorial Award. He also won two Walker Stone Awards, in 1985 and 1986.

Greenberg has been on the board of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and served as a Pulitzer jurist in 1984 and 1985. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Resonant Lives: 50 Figures of Consequence" and "Entirely Personal."

Editorial page editor for the Pine Bluff Commercial in Arkansas from 1962 until 1992 – except for a hiatus as a Chicago Daily News editorial writer in 1966-67 – Greenberg lectures nationwide and regularly provides political analysis on Arkansas network television.






Paul Greenberg Samples

Paul Greenberg: In the news

Sometimes all it takes is a single snippet in the news to open a world of insights. Shocking.

The lessons of Ferguson -- and Cincinnati

O judgment! And men have lost their reason. --"Julius Caesar," Act III, Scene 2. What a surfeit of surreal scenes have been pouring out of little Ferguson, Missouri, these past few weeks -- as if they'd never end.

A labor of love

On this Labor Day weekend, like most Americans, I come to praise labor, not indulge in it.

Paul Greenberg: Plague strikes in Arkansas

Ebola isn't the only plague in this troubled world. So a group of visitors from a major country in West Africa invited to Arkansas through Sister Cities International has been told to stay away, at least for now.

Paul Greenberg: The anatomy of terror

The on-again, off-again war in Gaza and Israel is on again, with a massive barrage of rockets fired at whatever targets Hamas can hope to reach in the Jewish state -- Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anything and everything in between.

Paul Greenberg: Two for one

Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in the New York Times, and it deserved to. Her husky voice still resonates somewhere in the back of old-timers' clogged grey matter.

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