Edwin M. Yoder Jr. is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, educated at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Oxford University, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked for newspapers in North Carolina and Washington, DC, where he was associate editor and editorial page editor of the Washington Star (1975-1981). He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1979. From 1991 to 2002 he was professor of Journalism and humanities at Washington and Lee University. He was a regular contributor to Book World, the book supplement of the Washington Post.