SIKESTON - The Standard Democrat is adding a new face to its lineup of editorial columnists. Beginning this week, commentaries by Larry Elder, a writer, radio commentator and self-proclaimed "Sage From South Central," will be featured.
"It is important for a newspaper to offer a variety of viewpoints about our country, our society and our government," said Michael Jensen, publisher. "We think Larry Elder will bring fresh insight to our editorial page and be a welcomed viewpoint by our readers."
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Elder attended Brown University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1974. He then attended University of Michigan, School of Law, graduating with his J.D. in 1977.
Immediately following graduation, Elder worked with a large law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, where he practiced litigation. He then opened "Laurence A. Elder and Associates," a business specializing in recruiting experienced attorneys. At the same time, he hosted a topic-oriented television show in Cleveland, first on PBS and then on the local Fox affiliate. He has written numerous articles, published in the Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal and many others. He currently publishes a monthly newsletter, "The Elder Statement," and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column through Creators Syndicate.
Elder has been the subject of a profile by "60 Minutes" and sat in for the vacationing Geraldo on CNBC's "Rivera Live." He was the reporter on the groundbreaking PBS "National Desk" segment, "Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices From Black America." He has also appeared on: "Oprah," "MacNeil-Lehrer," "Rolanda," "Larry King Live," "Hard Copy," "CNN News," "CSPAN," "CNN Talk Back Live," "Today Show," "Politically Incorrect," "Geraldo," "Charles Grodin," "Extra," "This Week With David Brinkley" and "The Late, Late Show With Tom Snyder."
A registered independent, Elder describes himself as a "fiscal conservative" and a "social liberal." He has been on KABC Talk Radio in Los Angeles since March 1994 and currently hosts "The Larry Elder Show," a daily program.
Presenting himself as the "Sage From South Central," Larry continues to sizzle on the airways with his thoughtful insight on the day's most provocative issues, to the delight, consternation and entertainment of Southern California listeners. Elder's radio program is nationally syndicated.
Currently, Elder is establishing the Larry Elder Foundation, a non-profit organization that will contribute to groups and individuals offering non-government, self-help solutions to problems of poverty, crime, poor parenting, dependency and education.