Don Wycliff is a Keifer Distinguished Visiting Journalist with the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. He spent 35 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor, editorial writer and columnist.
His career included nearly a decade as editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune, five years as the Tribune’s public editor and five years as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. During his tenure as the Chicago Tribune’s editorial page editor, the paper won one Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and was a finalist for a second. The paper also won two Distinguished Writing Awards in editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and the winner of the ASNE editorial writing award in 1997.
He was a member of the first class of Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He remains a member of the ASNE and was a member of its board until he left the Tribune for academia in 2006.
He serves on the boards of Catalyst Chicago, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, the News Literacy Project, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
A 1969 Notre Dame graduate, he lives in South Bend.