Managing Editor, The Washington Post (1991-1998)
Jim Hoagland is a journalist and editor who was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on January 22, 1940. He graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina and served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Germany, from 1962 until 1964. Hoagland joined The Washington Post in 1966. In 1969, he was assigned to Nairobi as the Post's correspondent in Africa. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1971 for his ten-part series on Apartheid. The series also formed the nucleus of his book, South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict (1972). His 1976 series on the gathering black revolt in South Africa won the Overseas Press Club award for foreign coverage that year. It also led to his second denunciation and visa refusal from the South African government. Hoagland went to Beirut as Middle East correspondent in 1972, covering the Arab world, Israel, and Iran. He moved to Paris in 1976 to cover France, Italy, and Spain. In 1978, he became diplomatic correspondent on the Post's national staff in Washington; and in 1979, foreign news editor. Hoagland received a second Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his columns on the events leading up to the Gulf War and the political turmoil within the Soviet Union.
"If you're a columnist you have to write what you think the truth is and let other people react to it."