Carl Thomas Rowan (August 11, 1925 - September 23, 2000) was an African American public servant, journalist and author. Rowan was a nationally-syndicated op-ed columnist for the “Washington Post” and the “Chicago Sun-Times”. He was one of the most prominent black journalists of the 20th century.
In 1961, Rowan was appointed Deputy Secretary of State by President John F. Kennedy. The following year, he served as a delegate to the United Nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Rowan became the U.S. Ambassador to Finland in 1963. He was the first African-American to attend meetings of the National Security Council.
Rowan was a 1995 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his commentaries. He is the only journalist in history to win the Sigma Delta Chi medallion for journalistic excellence in three successive years. Thurgood Marshall’s only interview while serving on the Supreme Court of the United States was for Carl Rowan’s 1988 documentary. The National Press Club gave Rowan its 1999 Fourth Estate Award for lifetime achievement. On January 9, 2001, United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dedicated the press briefing room at the State Department as the Carl T. Rowan Briefing room.
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