Carr Van Anda

Carr Vattal Van Anda (December 2, 1864[1] – January 29, 1945)[2] was the managing editor of The New York Times under Adolph Ochs, from 1904 to 1932.[3]

Van Anda was born in Georgetown, Ohio to Frederick Van Anda and Mariah Davis. He moved to New York in order to become a journalist and editor. Beginning at the New York Sun he moved to The New York Times in 1904. Van Anda was an academic, studying astronomy and physics at Ohio University, and started in journalism at The Cleveland Herald and Gazette and later The Baltimore Sun before being picked up by Adolph Simon Ochs, who valued intelligent and accurate news reporting.

Van Anda gave to political and scientific news coverage the same zeal normally reserved for sports and celebrity. Fluent in hieroglyphics, he secured near-exclusive coverage of the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter in 1923. He famously corrected a mathematical error in a speech given by Albert Einstein that was to be printed in the Times.[4]

He was instrumental in getting a scoop for The Times on the story of the Titanic's sinking in 1912. His most notable stories include the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the 1911 State Capitol fire in Albany, New York which he covered with a phone call and some journalistic invention. While other newspapers were printing the White Star Line's ambiguous story about the Titanic having trouble after hitting an iceberg, Van Anda (who had received a bulletin reporting a CQD (now SOS) call from the Titanic[5]) figured that a lack of communication from the ship meant that the worst had happened and printed a headline stating that the Titanic had sunk.[6] As his career progressed, it was said of him that "he is the most illustrious unknown man in America." According to a New Yorker profile piece, V.A. (as he was called) practiced "a fierce anonymity while bestowing fleeting fame on some and withholding it from others."

On April 11, 1898, Van Anda married Louise Shipman Drane, who was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, on November 26, 1873 to George Canning Drane and Mary Shipman. They had a son, Paul Drane Van Anda (born March 30, 1899). Van Anda died of a heart attack in 1945 immediately upon learning of his daughter's death.

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University gave the "Carr Van Anda Award" to recognize outstanding work by journalists during their careers.

Carr V. Van Anda
BornDecember 2, 1863
DiedJanuary 28, 1945 (aged 80)
Alma materOhio University
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times
Spouse(s)Louise Shipman Drane


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  3. ^ " Site Map". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "The Kingdom And The Cabbage". Time. 1977-08-15.
  5. ^ "'The Most Unforgettable Character I've Ever Met, The Reader's Digest of August 1944, p. 13".
  6. ^ "Titanic's Achilles Heel, The History Channel".


Further reading

  • "V.A.". Profiles. The New Yorker. 1 (3): 7–8. March 7, 1925.
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