Newberg attended Wheaton College, and joined Senator Robert F. Kennedy's staff in 1968. She was also a member of the presidential campaign staffs of Senator Edmund Muskie and Representative Mo Udall. She was one of the 6 "Boiler Room Girls" who socialised with a group of married men, including Ted Kennedy, on the evening of Mary Jo Kopechne's death.
Newberg is the senior vice president at International Creative Management, a talent agency in New York. She has represented authors such as Carl Hiaasen (Skinny Dip) and Patricia Cornwell (Trace), Thomas Friedman, Michael Beschloss and Caroline Kennedy. The New York Post called her "one of the most powerful agents in the literary world."
- Who's who at the Kennedy inquest - time.com, September 5, 1969
- Wheaton College Honorary Degree Citations - Esther Newberg '63
- Mary Jo Kopechne - UPI.com
- New York Times, July 17, 2009
- New York Post, May 30, 2010
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