Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services to more than 150 newspapers. He has been based in Washington, D.C. since May 1991.
Page is a frequent panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a regular contributor of essays to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He has also appeared on numerous national news-panel programs, including NBC's Meet The Press, ABC's This Week, CBS Morning News, CNN's Talk Back Live and Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Lead Story. Previous CERT documentaries reported and written by Page include Charter Schools That Work (PBS, 2000), the three-part series The New Urban Renewal: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (PBS 1997), the award-winning Liberating America's Schools (PBS, 1993) and Black American Conservatism: An Exploration of Ideas (PBS, 1992).
Clarence Page's awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI award for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa. Page also reported in a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received awards from the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns on civil liberties and constitutional rights. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.
As a freelance writer, Page has published articles in Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Reader, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and Emerge. His 1996 book, Showing My Colors: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, is now available in paperback from HarperCollins.
Zach Richter worked for the late night ABC News program, Nightline, before forming the Corporation for Educational Radio and Television (CERT) in 1984.
Past documentaries produced and directed by Richter include the award-winning special Beyond the Dream: Immigrants in America (NBC 1988), China at the Crossroads (ABC 1989), Circle of the Spirit (NBC 1990), Black American Conservatism: An Exploration of Ideas (PBS 1992), the award-winning Liberating America's Schools (PBS 1993), the three-part, three-hour series The New Urban Renewal: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (PBS 1997), and Charter Schools That Work (PBS, 2000).
In 1989 Richter, serving as reporter, teamed up with award-winning director Ilan Ziv (Consuming Hunger; People Power) and Icarus/Tamouz Media for the investigative health documentary Spare Parts, about the international trade in human organs. The program was produced in association with the BBC (for their program Antenna), RTL+, VARA and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
An active member of the International Radio and Television Society since 1977, Zach Richter was elected to the IRTS Board of Governors in 1982 and served in that capacity until 1987. Richter graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1980, and served on its Alumni Group Board of Directors in 1986. Zach Richter has also served on the board of directors of the American Association of Kidney Patients, NY Chapter.
This is the fifth collaboration between Mr. Richter and Mr. Page.