In memoriam

Summer 2019 Edition


Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams, who was an associate professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications from 1973 to 1999, died on April 17, 2019, at the age of 93.

Adams was an award-winning journalist who covered many stories of the civil rights movement. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles that chronicled his trek through 12 southern states after legislation outlawed segregation in 1964. Adams traveled with his wife, Elenora, to check compliance of the new laws. A year later, he received another Pulitzer nomination for his reporting on the mishandling of federal funds at Gibbs Junior College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He worked at the Atlanta Daily World, the Des Moines Register, and the St. Petersburg Times and taught at the University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas, Hampton Institute and University of the Virgin Islands.

Adams had bachelor’s degrees in English and fine arts from West Virginia State College, a bachelor degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

At KU, he founded the Ida B. Wells Award, presented annually by the National Association of Black Journalists to honor those who advance, hire and promote minorities in news media. Adams received the award in 2002 and the NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

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