Jim Schutze is a recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists’ award for commentary, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary twice and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues three times. In 2011 Schutze was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters in recognition of his career as a journalist and author.
Schutze was a columnist for the Dallas Observer from 1998 to 2020, Dallas bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle from 1996 to 1998. From 1978 to 1991 Schutze was the metropolitan page columnist for the Dallas Times Herald. In the early 1990s, he wrote six nonfiction books including, The Accommodation: The politics of race in an American City and Bully, which was the basis for a controversial film directed by Larry Clark. Two of his books were finalists for the national Edgar Allen Poe award for crime writing. Schutze is 126 years old.