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Name: Klotzer, Charles L.

Historical Note:

Charles L. Klotzer escaped with his family from Germany in 1939 as a 13-year old German-Jewish boy. This incident surely played a role in his life-long vocation as a journalist and freedom of speech advocate.  His career in journalism began in 1948 as assistant editor of the Troy, Illinois Tribune, working for the 19 year-old future Illinois senator Paul Simon, then the editor and publisher.  He was founder of the Greater St. Louis Jewish Star and later, editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

Klotzer and his wife Rose began the monthly FOCUS/Midwest in 1962, dealing with the social, political, and racial issues of the 1960’s. In 1970, they founded, with the help of area journalists, academicians and social activists the St. Louis Journalism Review. In 1983, the two publications merged.  The St. Louis Journalism Review (SJR), renamed the Gateway Journalism Review, moved to the journalism department of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as of July 1, 2010. SJR was the recipient of many local and national awards and is the only local journalism review in the United States.

During the course of his journalistic career Klotzer collected alternative publications from across the political spectrum, other journalism reviews, and East German and North Korean propaganda.

Sources: St. Louis Media History Foundation
Note Author: David Bond

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