Joseph and Stewart Alsop

Joseph Alsop (b. 1910),and his younger brother Stewart Alsop (b.1914) were both known for their work as political journalists for the New York Herald Tribune, the Saturday Evening Post, and Newsweek. Their mother, Corinne Robinson Alsop, was Eleanor Roosevelt's first cousin, and the Alsops maintained a relationship with the first lady until her death in 1962, despite sometimes breaking with her publicly over political issues. After graduating from Harvard, Joseph joined the New York Herald Tribune's Washington bureau as a reporter where he remained through the war. His brother, on the other hand, worked in publishing following the completion of his studies at Yale and in 1944 joined the Office of Strategic Services. Joseph and Stewart partnered after the war to produce their famous "Matter of Fact" column, which they wrote jointly from 1946 to 1958. It was during this period that the Alsop brothers earned the recognition and level of circulation (at one point their column was the most heavily syndicated in the United States) that made them, alongside other notables like Walter Lippmann, two of the most important political newspapermen of the twentieth century. Although Stewart left the New York Herald Tribune for the more liberal Saturday Evening Post and then for Newsweek, his brother continued to produce the syndicated opinion column. While Stewart was more liberal than Joseph, he nonetheless characterized both himself and his brother as "New Deal liberals," despite Joseph's affiliation with the Republican party and his support for conservative foreign policies, including the war in Vietnam.

 


Sources:

Beasley, Maurine H., Holly C. Shulman, and Henry R. Beasley, eds. The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001, 4-5.

"Joseph and Stuart Alsop." The Columbia Encyclopedia Online.

The Concise Dictionary of American Biography. 5th ed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997, 22.

Lash, Joseph. Eleanor, The Years Alone. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1972, 85-86.