| Carol M. Griffee
(Journalist in primarily
|Born|| December 30, 1937 |
|Died|| January 24, 2011 (aged 73) |
Griffee was born in Washington, D.C., to John F. Griffee, Sr., and the former Leda Mae Woodruff, both graduates of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. When her father died in June 1946, she moved with her mother and brother to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she graduated from high school in 1955 and began working for the Fort Smith Times-Record newspaper. In 1959, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in journalism, history, and political science from the private University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For three straight years, she was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In 1961, she became a reporter/photographer/editor of two weekly newspapers in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the D.C. suburbs. From 1963 to 1966, she worked on the staff of the former Washington Star in the nation's capital. From 1966 until she returned to Arkansas in December 1972, Griffee was the city editor and then executive editor of the Arlington-based Northern Virginia Sun, a daily newspaper. From 1973 to 1985, she was a reporter for the former Arkansas Gazette, since consolidated into the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, at which she became a strong proponent of the Freedom of Information Act and was known for environmental, investigative, and political reporting.
After she left the Arkansas Gazette, she became an independent journalist and formed her own company to publish books and magazine writings. Among the books she published was Osro Cobb of Arkansas: Memoirs of Historical Significance, the life story of Osro Cobb, a pioneer Republican political figure in Arkansas. She authored several history books, including the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. She was active in the Society of Professional Journalists, which gave her a lifetime achievement award in 2010, three months prior to her death. She was the parliamentarian and a former president of the Arkansas Press Women Association and sat on the board of the National Federation of Press Women. In 1997, Griffee received the Arkansas Press Association's Freedom of Information Award. She was inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Ernie Deane Award for valor in journalism in 2004. She also served on the board of the former Greater Little Rock Community Mental Health Center and the Arkansas Women's History Institute. After thirty-two years in Little Rock, she moved to North Little Rock in late 2005.
Griffee died at the age of seventy-three of a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by smoking. She was survived by two sisters-in-law, Shelly van Loben Sels Griffee of Marion, Arkansas, the widow of her brother, John Griffee, Jr., and Barbara Maltby of Clinton, Mississippi. She had two nieces and two nephews. Griffee requested no last rites and is interred at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.