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Jewish Journalists, American Journalism
Sep 26 2006


Editor - The New Republic
Editor in Chief - The Forward
“NYC” Columnist - The New York Times
Editor - The Weekly Standard
Essayist, Critic, Regular Contributor - The New York Times Book Review & Slate
Contributing Editor - Vanity Fair
In the wake of events in the Middle East, explore with some of the most influential American Jewish journalists provocative questions. How do Jewish journalists respond to news with a Jewish interest? What are the pulls and tugs on them? Are Jewish journalists afraid/comfortable with stories with a Jewish angle? At one time "all" Jewish journalists were considered liberal. Is this so today? How does this impact their perspective on "Jewish" news?
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biography : FRANKLIN FOER
Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic and author of How Soccer Explains the World : An Unlikely Theory of Globalization (2004). Before he started with the magazine, he covered Congress for U.S. News & World Report. He broke into journalism with Slate in 1996. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Lingua Franca, and Spin. He resides in Washington, D.C.

biography : J.J. GOLDBERG
J.J. Goldberg is editor in chief of The Forward, the national newsweekly published in association with the legendary Jewish Daily Forward. An award-winning journalist, author and lecturer, he has covered the politics and culture of the Middle East and the Jewish world for more than two decades. In the past he has served as a syndicated columnist in New York, as a police reporter in Los Angeles and as U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli newsmagazine Jerusalem Report. His commentaries have appeared frequently in The New York Times and other newspapers. He is the author of several books, including the acclaimed 1996 study of American Jewish political clout, Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment (1997). A native New Yorker, he lived and worked in Israel during the 1970s, serving as an education specialist with the World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem and as an official of the kibbutz movement. He currently resides in New York City.

biography : CLYDE HABERMAN
Clyde Haberman writes the “NYC” column for The New York Times’ metro desk, which he joined in August 1995. Previously, he served as the Jerusalem bureau chief since August 1991, where he reported on Israel’s agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization and the rise of militant Islamic terrorism. From July 1988 until August 1991, Mr. Haberman served as The Times’ bureau chief in Rome, where he reported on the collapse of Communism. As bureau chief in Tokyo, from May 1983 until July 1988, he covered a wide range of stories from the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines to the pro-democracy uprisings in South Korea. Mr. Haberman rejoined The Times in January 1977 as an editor for the “Week in Review” section. He moved to the reporting side of the news department in 1978 and worked on the metropolitan news staff in the City Hall news bureau. In 1982, he joined the foreign news staff. Before joining The Times, Mr. Haberman was a reporter for The New York Post from 1966 until 1976. He first joined The Times in 1964 as a copy boy while attending City College. He also worked on campus as a stringer for the paper. Born in the Bronx, Mr. Haberman received a B.A. degree from the City College of New York (C.C.N.Y.) in 1966. He is married, has three children and lives in Manhattan.

William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, as well as chairman and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century. Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Prior to that, Mr. Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration. From 1985 to 1988, he served as chief of staff and counselor to Secretary of Education William Bennett. Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Kristol served on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1983-1985) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania (1979-1983). Mr. Kristol has published numerous articles and essays on topics including constitutional law, political philosophy, and public policy, and has co-edited several books, including The Neoconservative Imagination (with Christopher DeMuth, 1995), Educating the Prince : Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield (with Mark Blitz, 2000), Present Dangers (with Robert Kagan, 2000), Bush v. Gore: The Court Cases and the Commentary (with E. J. Dionne, Jr., 2001), and The Future is Now: American Confronts the New Genetics (with Eric Cohen, 2002). He is the co-author, with Lawrence Kaplan, of the best-selling book The War Over Iraq. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading political analysts and commentators, Mr. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Channel. He serves on the boards of the Manhattan Institute, the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, and the Shalem Foundation. Mr. Kristol received both his A.B. (1973) and Ph.D. (1979) from Harvard University. Married with three children, he currently resides in McLean, Virginia.

David Margolick is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he has worked for the last ten years and covers culture and politics. His profiles include Jack Welch, Tony Blair, and, most recently, Jack Abramoff; he also wrote a behind-the-scenes look at Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision on the 2000 presidential election. In addition, he has written several stories on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Prior to coming to Vanity Fair, he was the national legal affairs editor at The New York Times, where he wrote the weekly “At the Bar” column for seven years and covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt, and William Kennedy Smith. He is the author of four books: Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink (2005); Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song (2001); At the Bar: The Passions and Peccadillos of American Lawyers (1995); and Undue Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune (1993). Mr. Margolick is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School. He lives in New York City.

Judith Shulevitz is a critic and essayist. She was the editor of Lingua Franca; founding cultural editor of, and columnist for, Slate; and a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. She still writes regularly for the above publications (except Lingua Franca, which is defunct), and has also contributed to The New Yorker and The New Republic, among other magazines. She is writing a cultural history, of sorts, of the Sabbath. Shulevitz graduated from Yale University and lives in Pelham, New York with her husband, Nicolas Lemann and two children.