Doug Clifton

Doug Clifton began his journalism career at The Miami Herald’s Action line in 1970. He worked at The Herald as a reporter and editor for 17 years before assuming duties as news editor of the Knight Ridder Washington bureau and, later, managing editor of the Charlotte Observer.

As executive editor, Mr. Clifton led The Herald to three Pulitzer Prizes, including a gold medal for Public Service, awarded to the paper for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Under his leadership, The Herald was also a Pulitzer finalist in the feature writing, commentary, investigative reporting and photography categories.

In 1999, Mr. Clifton was named editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and in 2003, “editor of the year,” by Editor and Publisher Magazine. Shortly after retiring in 2007, Mr. Clifton was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He now serves as Treasurer of the New England First Amendment Coalition.