James Kilpatrick Ends Syndicated Column

By: E&P Staff

James J. Kilpatrick?s syndicated column “The Writer’s Art,” distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, has ended, wrapping a distinguished writing career that has lasted more than 60 years.

Kilpatrick stopped writing the column due to health reasons, according to Universal Press Syndicate. He retired his ?Covering the Courts? column a year ago.

Kilpatrick joined Universal in 1979, following the company?s acquisition of the Washington Star Syndicate. At that time he wrote a thrice-weekly political commentary column titled ?A Conservative View,? which he had started in 1964. In 1993, he switched from political commentary to writing a weekly column on the Supreme Court called ?Covering the Courts.? His second column with Universal Press Syndicate, ?The Writer?s Art? focused on the use and abuse of the English language.

A tribute to Kilpatrick will be prepared by Alan McDermott, Kilpatrick?s long-time editor at Universal Press Syndicate, and distributed for publication during the week of Feb. 1.

For Universal?s June 2006 Q&A with Kilpatrick, go here.

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