Dold, R(obert) Bruce 1955-

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DOLD, R(obert) Bruce 1955-


Born March 9, 1955, in Newark, NJ; son of Robert (an architect) and Margaret (a nurse; maiden name, Noll) Dold; married Eileen Norris (a writer and editor), July 10, 1982; children: Megan, Kristen. Education: Northwestern University, B.S., 1977, M.S. 1978. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Golf, basketball, jazz music.


Office—Chicago Tribune, 435 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. E-mail—[email protected]


Journalist. Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, reporter, 1978-90, editorial board member, 1990-95, deputy editorial page editor, 1995-2000, editorial page editor, 2000—. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, part-time instructor. Pulitzer Prize juror, 1997-98; commentator on Chicago Week in Review.


American Society of Newspaper Editors, National Conference of Editorial Writers.


Peter Lisagor Award, Sigma Delta Chi, 1988; Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, 1994; Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, Scripps Howard Foundation, 1999; Herman Kogan Award for Commentary, Chicago Bar Association, 1999.


Contributor to publications, including Chicago Tribune, Chicago Enterprise, and Down Beat.


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist R. Bruce Dold began his career with the Chicago Tribune in 1978. Hired as a reporter, he became a member of the editorial board in 1990, deputy editorial page editor in 1995, and chief editor of the editorial page in June of 2000. Under his leadership, the editorial board has received numerous awards, such as a 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the Walker Stone Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award.

Dold was personally awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for a ten-part series of editorials in which he explored the weaknesses of the Illinois child welfare system. The articles highlighted the 1993 death of Joseph Wallace, a three-year-old boy who was killed by his abusive mother despite having been removed from her custody on a prior occasion. The series triggered major reforms in the state's protective services. In 1999 Dold was the recipient of the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award. The foundation's Web site stated that the reward was granted to Dold for "columns that judges said inject soul into public policy issues. 'He's a clever writer, tough reporter with a quick wit and attitude. He loves Chicago and it shows.'"



Community Media Workshop Web site, (October 12, 2004), "R. Bruce Dold."

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Web site, (October 12, 2004), "R. Bruce Dold."

Pulitzer Prize Web site, (September 29, 2004), "R. Bruce Dold."

Scripps Howard Foundation Web site, (March 9, 1999), "Foundation Announces National Journalism Award Winners."

University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs Web site, (October 12, 2004), "R. Bruce Dold."