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Overview (2)

Born in Richmond, Indiana, USA
Died in Washington, District of Columbia, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

A 1920 graduate of The University of Idaho, Lindley went on to become an internationally recognized figure in journalism and foreign affairs. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University before embarking on his professional career as a reporter in 1924 as a reporter for The Wichita Beacon. Later that same year he went to work as a reporter for the New York World, staying until 1931, when he switched to the New York Herald Tribune. He wrote for that paper until beginning a long association with Newsweek magazine in 1937. At Newsweek, he was head of the Washington, DC bureau and wrote a weekly column, "Washington Tides," from November 10, 1941 until May 1, 1961. From 1938-1943, he also worked as a columnist and reporter for The Washington Post.

Lindley was also well-known during his Washington, DC years for his radio and television appearances on public affairs programs. In 1961, he became a special assistant to U. S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and was a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council. He stayed with State until 1969.

Lindley and his wife Elizabeth were friends with Franklin and Eleanor Rossevelt; Lindley was chosen as the authorized Roosevelt historian and wrote the first biography of him.

Lindley's many honors and awards included an Honorary Doctor of Literature from the University of Idaho in 1960; honorary degrees from Long Island University and LeHigh University; the Honor Award of the Department of State, 1966; the Superiour Service Award of the Department of State, 1969; the Order of St. Olav, Norway; The University of Idaho Hall of Fame, 1967; and honorary membership in The Indiana Academy, 1974.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rtvf

Trivia (3)

His father, Ernest H. Lindley, was president of The University of Idaho from 1917-1920. The Lindley Award is given each year to the outstanding graduate from the UI's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.
He earned news reporting awards from the Overseas Press Club in 1949 (Best TV Spot News, while working for the DuMont Network), and in 1957 (Best Interpretation of Foreign Affairs-- Daily Newspaper or Wire Service, while working for Newsweek).
In journalism, there exists an agreement between reporters and sources concerning the naming of those sources known as "The Lindley Rule;" it was started by Lindley first during the Truman Administration. Deep background information gathered from government officials may be published, but without attribution to any source. The reporter states the information on his own authority.

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