Brent Staples (1951- ) was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and earned a B.A. from
Widener University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1977. He has
taught psychology at various colleges and has been a reporter for The Chicago Sun-Times
William Raspberry (October 12, 1935 July 17, 2012) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated American
public affairs columnist. He was also the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and
Journalism at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Du
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