At the recent, inaugural Bahamas Press Club Awards, the Lifetime Achievement citation went to Eileen “Liz” Carron (pictured), 85-year-old editor and publisher of daily newspaper The Tribune. She’s been at the helm of the publication since 1972, when it was passed down to her by her late father Sir Etienne Dupuch. (His father, Leon, founded the paper in 1903.)
Of note from a New York perspective is the fact that in addition to being the first Bahamian to earn a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University, Carron attended the school as part of a deal made with dad. From an article in The Tribune:
Carron obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Canada, before going on to receive her Master’s in Journalism in New York and then to study Law in London. She honored the agreement with her father that she would study law – as he had wished – if he would send her to journalism school…
She is the longest current serving editor-publisher of a newspaper in the world and closing in on her father’s world record as the longest serving editor – 54 years at The Tribune. Carron joined The Tribune as editor in 1962, the same year that she became the second woman to be called to The Bahamas Bar. She was presented by her uncle, the late Eugene Dupuch, QC, after whom the law school in Nassau is named.
Carron’s father died in 1991 at age 92, while the Bahamas Press Club was formed just last year. Six others were honored at the weekend ceremony including the late Kenneth Francis, who worked his way up at the Nassau Guardian from press operator to publisher and general manager.
[Photo courtesy: The Tribune]