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after completing a Rhodes scholarship in the late 1950s. Price was a favorite of former President Bill Clinton, who invited him to the White House early in his first term. Price also wrote the lyrics to two songs by James Taylor, “Copperline” and “New Hymn.” Price has received numerous literary honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 memoir, “Clear Pictures.”

Sam Ragan

Often called North Carolina’s “literary godfather,” Sam Ragan was for more than 50 years one of the state’s leading men of letters. The newspaper editor who gave legendary news anchor David Brinkley his first reporter’s job in Wilmington was also the North Carolina Poet Laureate. As

North Carolina’s first secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources and first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council, Ragan helped make the arts in his home state accessible to a wide and varied audience. Born in Granville County, Ragan started writing poetry in grade school. After a stint in San Antonio, Texas, as a reporter, Ragan returned in 1941 as the state editor for The News and Observer in Raleigh where, in 1948, he began writing his trademark column, “Southern Accent.” Except for three years of service in the Army, he remained at The News and Observer as executive and managing editor until 1968, when he purchased the Southern Pines weekly newspaper, The Pilot. He continued to publish The Pilot until his death, continuing to write “Southern Accent,” a column that featured poems, anecdotes and literary criticism, along with social commentary. The oldest and longest running column in the United States, it was read in 43 states and 24 foreign

countries. Ragan, the poet, published six collections of verse, two of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes, and four works of nonfiction. Ragan was appointed as the state’s Poet Laureate in 1982.

Charlie Rose

Emmy Award-winning television journalist Charlie Rose entered the news field in 1974 when he became the managing editor of the PBS series, “Bill Moyers’ International Report.” He later worked with Moyers on two other series, “Bill Moyers’ Journal” and “USA: People and Politics.” From 1984 to 1990, he anchored “Nightwatch,” the CBS television network’s late-night interview series, and won for himself what some observers have described as a cult following for the in-depth conversations that have since earned him a reputation as “the best interviewer around today.” Rose was born in Henderson in 1942. He earned a law degree from Duke University in 1968, but decided not to pursue


a career in law. Rose moved to New York to pursue other business interests, and through his wife, who was doing research for the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” he became friendly with people employed in the broadcasting industry. Rose met Bill Moyers at a social gathering in 1974, and the two felt an instant chemistry. Within weeks, he began working with Moyers as the managing editor of his PBS series “Bill Moyers’ International Report.” After Moyers left PBS for CBS, Rose accepted a job as a political correspondent with NBC News. Rose went from there to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, where he had the opportunity to launch a talk show called “The Charlie Rose Show.” In 1981, he secured national syndication for the show and moved his broadcast studio to Washington, D.C. After two years, CBS hired him in 1983 to anchor “Nightwatch,” an interview program aired in the early morning hours five days a week. After a stint as anchor of another program, Rose approached

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