Goodloe Sutton Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 07, 2022
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About Goodloe Sutton

Howard Goodloe Sutton is an American newspaper editor, publisher, and owner.
He played a significant role in exposing the corruption in Marengo County Sheriff's Office. He published a small weekly newspaper named The Democrat Reporter in Linden, Alabama.
The Democrat Reporter was published for a century by the Sutton Family, and Goodloe Sutton ran it from 1985 to 2019 after purchasing it from his father. During this period in the '90s, Goodloe Sutton published a series of articles that helped in exposing the corrupt county sheriff. He was very well celebrated for investigating the local corruption in the sheriff's office and was also considered for the Pulitzer Prize.
Goodloe Sutton once again became the focus of national attention in early 2019. Still, this time he was faced with acute criticism for he suggested in one of his editorials to bring back the Ku Klux Klan to 'clean out' Washington D.C. He also confirmed the accusation of calling for the White Supremacist hate group in his editorial to the Montgomery Advertiser. He suggested lynching when asked to elaborate on 'cleaning up' Washington D.C. This angered the public and led the University of Southern Mississippi Journalism Department to remove his name from the Journalism Hall Of Fame.
Goodloe Sutton was also disregarded for being racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and homophobic through his editorial work. His hard work and bravery in fighting against corruption were overshadowed by his execrable, racist, and violent editorials. This was further not followed by an apology from Sutton, and he even suggested lynching people in the name of cleaning out the capital. All this indirectly led to his resignation from the post of editor and publisher in February 2019.
The replacement for Goodloe Sutton's post was Elicia R. Dexter, who also resigned less than a month later after signaling interference from Sutton. The newspaper was finally sold in July 2019 to Tommy Wells, with Sutton announcing his retirement. Tommy Wells later reported that Sutton no longer had any involvement with the newspaper or its editorials.
Please continue reading to learn more about Goodloe Sutton, including information about his personal life and net worth.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Goodloe Sutton’s net worth?

Goodloe Sutton earned most of his net worth by selling The Democrat Reporter local newspapers in Alabama. His net worth is around $1 million to $2 million.

How much does Goodloe Sutton earn per year?

Apart from his net worth, not much is known about Goodloe Sutton's finances or how much he earned in his position of editor and publisher.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Goodloe Sutton?

Goodloe Sutton is 5 ft 7 in (170 cm).

How old is Goodloe Sutton?

Born on January 31, 1939, Goodloe Sutton is 83 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Howard Goodloe Sutton was born on January 31, 1939. His father, Robert E. Sutton, and mother, Lorie Chrietzburg Sutton, lived in Alabama, USA, following his birth. His personal life is very well known on the internet. He went to the University of Southern Mississippi to achieve his graduation. He was the editor of the school's student newspaper, Student Printz.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Goodloe Sutton’s partner?

Goodloe Sutton met his wife Jean Rodgers at the university he went to. They married each other in 1964. Soon the couple had two children, Howard Goodloe Sutton Jr., and William Robert Sutton. The couple owned several local newspapers like Thomasville, Camden, Sumter County, and Demopolis before buying The Democrat Reporter from Goodloe Sutton's father. His wife soon joined him as the investigative reporter and later as managing editor. His wife died of cancer complications in 2003.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Goodloe Sutton started as a newspaper editor when he founded and owned local newspapers like Sumter County, Thomasville, and Demopolis in Alabama. He later bought The Democrat Reporter from his father in 1964 and ran it for more than three decades. During this time, he earned a lot of appraisals when he exposed the ongoing corruption by the Sheriff in Alabama. This also led to The Democrat Reporter being regarded as one of the best local newspapers.
Goodloe Sutton was also considered for the Pulitzer Prize because he was determined to expose the sheriff, despite getting many death threats and harassment faced by him and his family. He received many rewards, and his name was also mentioned in the Journalism Hall of Fame.
Goodloe Sutton is best known for his fearless determination to expose the corruption of the Sheriff of Marengo County. He had received several death threats, and his family, including his eldest son William Robert Sutton who was working with his father against corruption, faced frequent harassment for four years.
Yet Goodloe Sutton didn't stop publishing articles through The Democrat Reporter, which helped investigate the corruption and finally provided enough evidence for the sheriff to be proven guilty of his political misconducts.

What awards has Goodloe Sutton won?

For his bravery in the investigation of Sheriff Roger Davis for political corruption, Goodloe Sutton received a lot of appreciation through awards and acclaim.
Goodloe Sutton was awarded the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He also fetched the Sunshine Award by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2007, his name was also mentioned in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame.
Goodloe Sutton also received the Distinguished Community Journalist Award in 2009.

Goodloe Sutton’s Hobbies And Interests

Goodloe Sutton's known hobbies are reading, traveling, and horse riding.

Other Interesting Goodloe Sutton's Facts And Trivia

  • Goodloe Sutton's zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • His favorite cuisine is Italian, and his favorite food item is French Fries.
  • His favorite celebrities include Emma Watson and Johnny Depp.

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Goodloe Sutton Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Howard Goodloe Sutton

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170 cm

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Newspaper Editor, Publisher, Journalist


University Of Southern Mississippi

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Jean Rodgers


Robert E. Sutton, Lorie Chrietzburg Sutton
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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