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Carol Sutton (June 29, 1933-February 19, 1985) was an American journalist. In 1974 she became the first female managing editor of a major U.S. daily newspaper, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. She was cited as the example of female achievement in journalism when Time named American Women as the 1975 People of the Year. During her tenure at the paper, it was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for its coverage of school desegregation in Louisville. She is also credited with significantly raising the number of minority reporters on staff.


  • "American Women", Time, January 5, 1976.
  • Robert D. McFadden, "Carol Sutton, Ranking Editor In Louisville, Ky., Dead at 51", New York Times, Feb 20, 1985.
  • "Carol Sutton." Almanac of Famous People, 8th ed. Gale Group, 2003.

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