It is a great American art form, read by millions every day. Taped on refrigerators and tacked up over desks, its wisdom is folded in wallets and emailed among friends. The best of it rises to the level of literature: balancing the urgency of news with the precision of poetry.

Deadline Artists is a celebration of the American newspaper column. This collection features reported columns by masters of the craft including H.L. Mencken, Ernie Pyle, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Breslin, and Mike Royko. It also includes columns by public figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, and Hunter S. Thompson. In our time, voices like Peggy Noonan, Tom Friedman, Carl Hiaasen, David Brooks, and Steve Lopez carry on this tradition.

Newspaper columnists are their readers’ advisers, advocates, and confidants, helping them to make sense of current events while subtly defining the spirit of the age. These columns give readers the chance to view history in the present tense.  It also includes appreciations of everyday life: stories of love, loss, laughter and faith—struggles against the odds and long shots that come in.

At a time of great transition in the news media, when obituaries for newspapers are being written every day, Deadline Artists makes the case for the continued relevance of opinion journalism. Beloved but half-remembered columns that were gathering dust in libraries or moldering on microfilm are now available in one volume, celebrating the near-miracle that stories composed on daily deadlines can resonate with beauty and power decades later.

Included Contributors
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Mike Royko
  • Murray Kempton
  • Ernie Pyle
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • David Brooks
  • Mitch Albom
  • Dorothy Thompson
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Richard Harding Davis
  • Grantland Rice
  • Will Rogers
  • Orson Welles
  • Langston Hughes
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Mark Twain
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • H.L. Mencken
  • Westbrook Pegler
  • Heywood Broun
  • Damon Runyon
  • Jimmy Cannon
  • Red Smith
  • Russell Baker
  • Art Buchwald
  • William F. Buckley
  • Michael Kinsley
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • Pete Dexter
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Dave Barry
  • Leonard Pitts
  • Anna Quindlen
  • Maureen Dowd
  • Cynthia Tucker
  • George Will
  • Jack Newfield
  • Mike Barnicle
  • Pete Hamill
  • Steve Lopez
  • Bob Herbert
About the Editors

John Avlon
John Avlon is the editor in chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics as well as Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America. Previously, he was a columnist and associate Read More…

Jesse Angelo
Jesse Angelo is Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, which launched in February 2011 as the first national news brand built from scratch for the iPad and other emerging platforms. He is also Executive Editor of the New York Post. Angelo directed the paper’s news coverage for almost a decade through the Read More…

Errol Louis
Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, where he hosts “Inside City Hall,” a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics. Prior to joining NY1, Louis was a Daily News columnist from 2004 to 2010, writing on a range of political and social affairs and serving on the paper’s editorial board. Read More…