Nebraska Authors

Raymond A. McConnell, Jr.

Born 1915-01-01

Died 1979-10-22
Pasadena, CA (USA)

The author began his newspaper career at the Troy, NY Record before joining The Nebraska State Journal in Lincoln as news editor in 1937. In 1949, under McConnell's leadership, the paper won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for its campaign establishing the "Nebraska All-Star Primary", a presidential preference primary which, according to the citation, "spotlighted, through a bi-partisan committee, issues early in the presidential campaign."
McConnell ended his career as executive editor of The Pasadena Star‚ÄźNews in California. Students continue to read his essay "The Prairie Capital" in Virginia Faulkner's Roundup: A Nebraska Reader, 1957.

Places Lived

Troy, NY
Lincoln, NE
Pasadena, CA

Author Of

  • Journalism


Pulitzer Prize Winners; Newspaper Editor; Newspaper Reporting


The Nebraska State Journal won a 1949 Pulitzer Prize under his leadership.


Trampled Terraces. 1950.

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