Longtime American journalist James H. McCartney was born on July 25, 1925, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Floyd and Cora McCartney. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1949 and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University in 1952. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 1963-1964. McCartney served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946.
James H. McCartney began his career as a reporter for the "South Bend Tribune" from 1949-1950. Next, he worked as a public relations staffer at Michigan State University from 1951-1952. Then, McCartney was reporter, city editor, and Washington correspondent for the "Chicago Daily News" from 1952-1968. McCartney was co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1955.
In 1968, McCartney became a Washington correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers and covered domestic politics, foreign affairs, and defense policy. He traveled widely and became a respected journalist. He was a Washington correspondent for over 30 years and reported from more than 30 countries. He directed the White House press relation studies from 1973-1974. At different points in his career, McCartney taught at several institutions, including Northwestern University, American University, and Georgetown University. He received the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University in 1989. He was an active member in the Gridiron Club.
In 1952, McCartney married Jule Graham. Their children were Robert J. McCartney and Sharon J. McCartney. The marriage ended in divorce, and MCartney later married Molly Sinclair McCartney.
James H. McCartney died on May 6, 2011, in Holmes Beach Florida.
[Sources: "Contemporary Authors" Online 2011. "Washington Post" May 8, 2011, p. C07.]