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Vernon Jarrett (1918 – May 23, 2004) was an African American journalist who worked in newspaper, television and radio and was an influential commentator on race relations, politics, and African American history. 
Jarrett was the first African American to be a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, beginning in 1970. During his years at the Tribune, he also was a host on Chicago's ABC-TV station, WLS, where he produced nearly 2,000 television broadcasts. In 1983, he left the Tribune for the Chicago Sun-Times as an op-ed columnist. He later became a member of the Sun-Times editorial board, and retired from the Sun-Times in 1995.
Jarrett is the namesake for the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence, awarded annually by the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to honor "outstanding coverage of people of African descent and the issues that impact their lives."