Tom Wicker

Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Tom Wicker began working for The
New York Times
in Washington in 1960, covering the White House,
Congress and national politics. As White House correspondent in 1963, he was in
Dallas with President Kennedy and subsequently covered Kennedy’s assassination.
He became chief of the Washington bureau in September 1964, and in October 1966
he began writing the “In the Nation” column for the Times‘ op-ed page. Wicker received his bachelor’s
degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and later attended
Harvard as a member of the Nieman Fellows class of 1957-58. In 1984 he received
the John Peter Zenger award, for freedom of the press, from the University of
Arizona. He is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award in Literature and
holds several honorary degrees. Wicker is the author of nine novels, among them
Unto This Hour (1984), and
Easter Lilly (1998), and six works
of nonfiction, including Kennedy Without
(1964), On
(1978), One of Us: Richard
Nixon and The American Dream
(1991), and
Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in