Dewey Lee Fleming (July 19, 1898 – May 18, 1955) was an American journalist.
Fleming won the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting (National) in 1944. According to his New York Times obituary, Fleming "was considered one of the nation's keenest political analysts, noted particularly for his accuracy of interpretation".
Dewey Lee Fleming
|Born||July 19, 1898|
Whitmer, West Virginia
|Died||May 18, 1955 (aged 56)|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Davis & Elkins College|
|Subject||White House reporter, News reporting|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting |
Elizabeth Walker (m. 1932–1938)
Fleming was born in Whitmer, West Virginia and grew up in Sutton, West Virginia, where he attended public schools. His parents, Hattie Powers Fleming and Sidney Albert Fleming, owned a general store in that town.
He studied at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. In 1918, he received a B.A. degree from that institution. During his senior year in college he served as a member of the Student Army Training Corps. He then spent a year (or, according to one source, a summer) at Columbia University.
Fleming spent his entire professional life as a journalist. He began working as a reporter for the Elkins Inter-Mountain newspaper, while he was still a college student. In 1922, after his year at Columbia University, he went to Baltimore, where he spent a year on the staff of The Baltimore American. In 1923 he took a job on the city staff of The Baltimore Sun. He worked in the Sun's Washington bureau in 1926–27, then ran its New York bureau in 1927–28, its Chicago bureau in 1928–29, and its London bureau for another two years.
In 1931, he returned to the Sun's Washington bureau. He took part in the coverage of the 1936 and 1940 conventions of both major political parties. In November 1940, he was appointed chief of the Sun's Washington bureau. As head of the bureau, he specialized in reporting on the White House and State Department.
In August 1943, Fleming was one of nine newspaper reporters who were secretly invited to cover the first Quebec Conference between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
At his death, Fleming was chief of the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun papers. He died at the age of 56 in Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, after having spent several years in "frail health" and several months in hospital.
Fleming was a trustee of Davis & Elkins College.
Fleming won the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting (National) in 1944. The citation praised his "consistently outstanding work" on national issues in 1943. He gave his $500 Pulitzer award to his alma mater, which in 1944 presented him with an honorary Doctorate of Laws.
In 1932, Fleming married Elizabeth Walker, a high school classmate. She died in 1938. They had no children.
His colleagues at the Baltimore Sun praised Fleming's "strength of character and the dedication to an ideal that made this small, quiet, modest, warmhearted man, as fine and as uncompromising a reporter as we have ever been privileged to know."
The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1944.Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
This Pulitzer Prize has been awarded since 1942 for a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs in the United States. In its first six years (1942–1947), it was called the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting – National.Sutton, West Virginia
Sutton is a town in Braxton County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 994 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Braxton County. Sutton is situated at a center of transportation in West Virginia. Interstate 79, a major north-south route, connects with Appalachian Corridor L (U.S. Route 19), another significant north-south route, just a few miles south of town.Whitmer, West Virginia
Whitmer is a census-designated place (CDP) in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. It is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south-southwest of Harman and is situated on the Dry Fork Cheat River. Whitmer had a post office, which closed on May 21, 2011. As of the 2010 census, its population was 106.