Cary Clack

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Cary Clack began writing a column for the San Antonio Express-News in 1994. For six years in a row, until his departure from the paper in 2011, Clack won the San Antonio Current’s Reader’s Choice poll for Best Columnist in the city and was also selected Best Columnist three years in a row in the San Antonio Magazine’s Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Poll.

Clack was born in San Antonio and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in 1985. Clack worked as a Scholar-Intern at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, in Atlanta where he wrote CNN commentaries for Coretta Scott King.

Clack joined the Express-News Editorial Board before becoming a metro columnist. Clack was the first African-American on the editorial board of a San Antonio daily as well as the first African-American metro columnist for the paper.

Clack won the Dallas Press Club’s Katie Award for Best General Column and in 2008 he won the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library’s Arts and Letters Award for his writing. In 2009, Trinity University Press published a collection of his columns, “Clowns and Rats Scare Me.”

Immediately after leaving the Express-News, Clack signed on as communications director and senior adviser for the Joaquín Castro Congressional campaign. He worked for Castro's office until 2014, when he joined the staff of then-Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor. He is San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor's Director of Communications.

Click here to read Cary Clack's farewell column in the San Antonio Express-News, published on Oct. 9, 2011.

Cary Clack's 2013 TEDx talk: The Man Who Spoke to Martin

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