Charles L. Bartlett (journalist)

Charles Leffingwell Bartlett (August 14, 1921 – February 17, 2017) was an American journalist who won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting "for his original disclosures that led to the resignation of Harold E. Talbott as Secretary of the Air Force."[1]

Charles L. Bartlett
Born(1921-08-14)August 14, 1921
Chicago, Illinois
DiedFebruary 17, 2017(2017-02-17) (aged 95)
Washington, D.C.
Known forWon the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting


Bartlett was born in Chicago, Illinois to Valentine Crouse Bartlett, a stockbroker, and Marie A. (Frost) Bartlett. Bartlett was a seventh-generation graduate of Yale University in 1943.[2][3] He served in the Navy during World War II. He married Josephine Martha Buck on December 17, 1950.

Bartlett had a 65-year career in journalism and was a confidant to presidents John F. Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush. Bartlett and Stewart Alsop co-wrote an analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis, "In Time of Crisis," that placed "hawks and doves" in American vernacular. The piece was published in the December 8, 1962, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.[4]

Bartlett opened the Washington D.C. bureau for the liberal-leaning Chattanooga Times.[5] Later he was a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and publisher of a political newsletter for private clients. He wrote for the Yale Daily News in college.[3]

Bartlett has been credited with arranging the blind date that initiated the courtship of Jacqueline Bouvier and future President John F. Kennedy. The Bartlett and Kennedy families, both Catholic and immensely prosperous, had been social acquaintances over many years. Joseph Kennedy asked Bartlett to introduce John Kennedy to prospective brides to abet the aspiring politician's career.[6][7] Bartlett had briefly dated the future First Lady. The Bartletts were part of the Kennedy wedding party in Newport, Rhode Island, and godparents to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Bartlett died in Washington, D.C., on February 17, 2017, at age 95,[7] in his sleep from a heart ailment.[3]


  • Facing the brink : an intimate study of crisis diplomacy Hutchinson of London, [1969] OCLC 220455731


  1. "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  2. Goldstein, Richard (2017-02-19). "Charles L. Bartlett, Journalist and a Kennedy Matchmaker, Dies at 95". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  3. Bernstein, Adam (February 18, 2017). "Charles Bartlett, Pulitzer-winning journalist and Kennedy loyalist, Dies at 95". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  4. "How I was ambushed by Nick Robinson" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  5. "New Man in Chattanooga", TIME, June 16, 1958.
  6. Cover story, TIME, January 20, 1961.
  7. Purdum, Todd S. (February 18, 2017). "He made a match that changed history".
Other sources
  • Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage, Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999). Page 457 at google books.
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