Marquis W. Childs began his career at the Post-Dispatch in 1926, winning a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1970, when he was serving as the paper’s contributing editor. The winning article and Childs’ continuing criticism of the Vietnam War earned him a spot of President Nixon’s list of enemies.
During his 47 years at the paper, Childs interviewed world leaders, including private sessions with Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. He spent most of his career with the paper at its Washington bureau and wrote a syndicated column for United Press International for many years, even after his retirement from the Post in 1974.
Childs authored many books during his career, including his memoirs in 1975.