Dwight E. Sargent

Curator 1964 - 1972

Born in 1917, Dwight Sargent graduated in 1939 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and served in Europe during World War II. He worked for The Portland Press Herald in Maine and The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts, before becoming a longtime editorial writer for The New York Herald Tribune.

Sargent was a Nieman Fellow in 1951 and became the Nieman Foundation curator in 1964.  Recognizing that additional resources were needed to keep the program vital and competitive, Sargent was the first in a succession of curators to raise money. During his eight-year tenure, he raised $1.2 million for the foundation.

After stepping down from his Nieman post in 1972, Sargent became president of the Freedom of Information Foundation at the University of Missouri and editorial page editor at The Boston Herald American. In 1978, he was appointed national editorial writer for Hearst Newspapers. He died in 2002 at the age of 85.