The Gleaner has showcased and nurtured the talents of a great number of columnists over the years. Many of them have become household names in Jamaica, and some are still mentioned in respectful tones even after they have passed on. Below is a selection of some of our popular columnists.
Carl Stone was not only a prolific and sharp columnist, he was also a political sociologist and professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He had an enviable and reputation for accuracy in predicting polling results for national elections with his Stone Polls. Click here for a selection of his columns. Headlines are highlighted.
Dawn Ritch is well known for her columns in The Sunday Gleaner that never failed to spark debate. Click here for a selection of her columns. Headlines are highlighted.
Jennifer Ffrench (now Parker) was a columnist in the 1980s. She also worked as a general assignment reporter with The Daily Gleaner. Click here for a selection of her columns. Headlines are highlighted.
Morris Cargill worked at the Gleaner Company for nearly 50 years and was The Gleaner's senior columnist. Perhaps the most widely read journalists in the Caribbean, he also had a stint as the editor of a Trinidadian newspaper. His twice weekly column, often controversial, appeared in the The Gleaner for decades, died in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, on April 8. Click here for a selection of his columns. Headlines are highlighted.
Wilmot 'Motty' Perkins was a reporter on the editorial staff of the paper before going into electronic journalism. Like Cargill, he was also quite a polarising figure. He entered radio broadcasting in 1960 and cornered most of the talk show audience with his programme ‘Perkins Online’ until his death on February 3, 2012. Click here to read a selection of his columns. The headlines are highlighted.