James D. Squires Papers
Born in Tennessee on April 3, 1943, James D. Squires rose from mill worker's son to editor and
executive vice president of one of the country's most influential newspapers, the Chicago Tribune. Squires is the grandson of Dave White, a member
of Garner Robinson's "Old Hickory Gang" of freewheeling Nashville politicians in the mid-twentieth century, about whom Squires wrote The Secrets of the
Hopewell Box in 1996. A 1966 Peabody College graduate, Squires began his journalism career at the Tennessean in 1962, where he worked as a reporter,
night city desk editor and Washington correspondent before moving to the Tribune in 1972. The 1970-71 Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism fellow
worked in the Washington bureau until 1977, becoming the bureau chief in 1974. While at the Tribune, Squires covered Watergate, presidential elections
and accompanied former President Gerald Ford on a 1975 state visit to China.
Squires moved from the Tribune to Tribune Company's Orlando Sentinel-Star (later the Orlando Sentinel) in 1977, where he was editor until
returning to Chicago as editor of the Tribune in 1981. Eight-and-a-half years and seven Pulitzer Prizes for the Tribune later, Squires resigned.
He and his wife Mary Anne moved to a horse farm in Kentucky, where he bred 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos. He was an adjunct professor at Harvard University
in 1990 and Middle Tennessee State University in 1992. Squires was Ross Perot's media adviser during his 1992 presidential campaign.
He has written three books, contributed to one and edited another. Squires has two adult children.
- A Search for Justice with John Seigenthaler (1971)
- The American Millstone (edited) by the Chicago Tribune staff (1986)
- Read All About It! The Corporate Takeover of America's Newspapers (1993)
- The Secrets of the Hopewell Box: Stolen Elections, Southern Politics, and a City's Coming of Age (1996)
- Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat (2002)
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