Inside the Wall Street Journal: The History and the Power of Dow Jones & Company and America's Most Influential Newspaper

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Chapter 12
Bartley's Editorial Page

History has moved to the point where the Journal's ideas will have their time.

ROBERT BARTLEY, editor of The Wall Street Journal

IN EARLY 1979 Robert L. Bartly, editor of the Journal's editorial page since 1972, was named editor of the newspaper. In making the appointment chairman Warren Phillips said:

The editor's title has not been used since Vermont Royster retired from that post in 1971. Mr. Bartly has earned it by his distinguised work in further developing the paper's editorial and op-ed page. He also has earned it by the force of his writing, which clearly puts him in the company of the most distinguished past Journal editors.

Robert L. Bartly was born in Marshall, Minnesota, but grew up in Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University and, after a tour of duty in the army, went on to earn a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Bartley joined the Journal in 1962 and worked as a reporter in both the Chicago and Philadelphia news bureaus. Vermont Royster claims that he and associate editor Joe Evans discovered Bartley as a kid in the Philadelphia bureau. "We gave him some books to review and were so pleased with his performance that we invited him to come to New York."

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