Carrol J. Dadisman

A 1956 graduate of the Grady School, retired in 1997 as president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat, following a career of 41 years as a writer, editor and publisher of daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. He and his wife, Mildred Sparks Dadisman, also a University of Georgia graduate, continue to live in Tallahassee.

Following retirement, Carrol was selected as a Knight International Press Fellow, and he and Mildred lived in Russia for three months in 1998 while Carrol worked with the Media Viability Fund, consulting with four independent Russian newspapers and researching and writing a paper on market research for Russian papers. In 1999-2001, Carrol completed three additional consulting assignments with newspapers in Russia and Ukraine, including one as part of a Cox International Center delegation to the Crimean Peninsula.

Carrol is a board member of The Red and Black, which he served as editor in 1954. He is a member of the Florida Press Foundation board, former president of the Florida Press Association and was inducted in 2009 into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. In Tallahassee, he is treasurer and former chairman of the Economic Club of Florida, and he was founding president of the Community Foundation of North Florida.

Carrol’s 25-year career with Knight-Ridder Newspapers began in Macon, where he was managing editor of The Macon News. From 1974 to 1980, he was executive editor of The Columbus Ledger and Enquirer, before moving to Tallahassee for one year as general manager and 16 years as publisher of the Democrat.

Earlier, Carrol had been reporter, editorial writer and managing editor of The Augusta Chronicle and editor of The Marietta Daily Journal. He was president of the Georgia Associated Press Association and a six-year member and two-year chairman of the Grady School Advisory Board. In 2008, the school included him in its first class of Grady Fellows.

Carrol and Mildred have two children – David, vice president/circulation of The Washington Post, and Ellen, managing director/communications for Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington.