The Press: Tribute

A veteran of the Washington beat for 37 years, Political Columnist Thomas L. Stokes, 59, won a Pulitzer Prize (in 1939 for exposing a WPA scandal in Kentucky), a raft of other awards through the decades, and the respect of his colleagues as a skillful reporter who does not let his admitted bias as "an old-fashioned progressive" keep him from playing fair. Last week Atlanta-born Tom Stokes won a rare new tribute. His column, which appears in 105 dailies, has not appeared since Jan. 3. It was a casualty of the illness that sent Stokes to the hospital last month for...

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