James B. Reston: The Life and Career of the ‘Dean of American Journalism’

James Barrett “Scotty” Reston, circa 1980s
Found in RS/20/120, Box 137, General Photographs, 1950s-1990s


James Barret Reston, or “Scotty,” as his friends and colleagues called him, was one of the most prominent journalists of his time. Read by millions throughout the nation, Scotty’s career spanned from 1932 to 1989, crucial decades in 20th century America. He was on the frontline of momentous events, including the Second World War, the creation of the United Nations, Cold War tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union, and the Nixon administration’s reopening of diplomatic relations with China. The following exhibit modules explore the life and career of this singular American figure, a man known near the end of his career as the ‘Dean of American Journalism.’

Exhibit Modules