Walter Mears

Walter Mears is a Pulitzer prize-winning American journalist with the Associated Press. Mears was also one of the Boys on the Bus that covered the 1972 presidential election between Richard Nixon and George McGovern. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his coverage of the 1976 presidential campaign.[1] He has been inducted in the Associated Press Hall-of-Fame.

Walter Mears
EmployerAssociated Press


Mears lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Mears joined the AP in 1955, one year prior to graduating college. He reported on national politics from 1960 - 2001 and was said to be "the most influential political writer of his time." Throughout his career in journalism, he has covered 11 presidential elections. His stories have appeared in almost every American newspaper. He retired in 2001.[2][3]


  1. "Mears Awarded Pulitzer Prize". The Daily Item (Sumter). April 19, 1977. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  2. "Walter R. Mears: Workman Publishing". Workman. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. "Lots of Facts, But Not Much More". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 6 September 2013.

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