McGill, Ralph Emerson (məgĭlˈ) [key], 1898–1969, American journalist and publisher, b. E Tenn. A proponent of civil rights, he was expelled from Vanderbilt Univ. for expressing his beliefs. Beginning as an assistant sports editor of the Atlanta Constitution, he became its editor (1942) and then publisher (1960) until his death. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for his editorials condemning the bombings of a synagogue in Atlanta and a high school in Tennessee. His books include The South and the Southerners (1963).
See biography by H. H. Martin (1973).