Jeffrey Goldberg

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Jeffrey Goldberg
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Born Jeffrey Mark Goldberg
September 1965
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation journalist, writer
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, New York, The New Yorker, New York Book Review, The Forward, The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Slate
Spouse(s) Pamela Ress Reeves (m. 1993; 3 children)
Awards National Magazine Award, Overseas Press Club's Joe & Laurie Dine Award

Jeffrey Mark Goldberg (born September 1965) is an American journalist. He is an author and a staff writer for The Atlantic, having previously worked for The New Yorker. Goldberg writes principally on foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa.[1] Michael Massing, an editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, called Goldberg "the most influential journalist/blogger on matters related to Israel".[2]

Background[edit]

Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Ellen H. and Daniel Goldberg.[3] He was raised in Malverne, New York.[4]

He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian.[5] While at Penn he worked at the Hillel kitchen serving lunch to students. He left college to move to Israel,[6] where he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a prison guard during the First Intifada.[7] He later returned to the United States to resume his journalism career. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Pamela Ress Reeves, and their three children.[3][8]

Journalism career[edit]

Goldberg began his career at The Washington Post, where he was a police reporter. While in Israel, he worked as a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, and upon his return to the US served as the New York bureau chief of The Forward, a contributing editor at New York magazine, and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.[9]

The New Yorker[edit]

In October 2000, Goldberg joined The New Yorker.[1] Two of his articles for the magazine have won awards.

His 2002 article "The Great Terror"[10] won the Overseas Press Club's Joe & Laurie Dine Award for international human rights reporting.[11] "The Overseas Press Club stated: "A former CIA director, James Woolsey, called the story 'a blockbuster.'"[12] In "The Great Terror," Goldberg reported that "the relationship between Saddam’s regime and Al Qaeda is far closer than previously thought"; "...the possibility that Saddam could supply weapons of mass destruction to anti-American terror groups is a powerful argument among advocates of 'regime change,' as the removal of Saddam is known in Washington. These critics of Saddam argue that his chemical and biological capabilities, his record of support for terrorist organizations, and the cruelty of his regime make him a threat that reaches far beyond the citizens of Iraq"; and "Saddam’s desire is to expel the Jews from history."

In 2003 Goldberg's two-part examination of Hezbollah, "In the Party of God," won the National Magazine Award for reporting.[13]

The Atlantic[edit]

In 2007, he was hired by David G. Bradley to write for The Atlantic. Bradley had tried to convince Goldberg to come work for The Atlantic for nearly two years, and was finally successful after renting ponies for Goldberg's children.[14]

In September 2010, Goldberg wrote the cover story for the magazine, "The Point of No Return," which examined the potential consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. After reading the article, Fidel Castro invited Goldberg to Cuba to talk about the issue. During the course of their interviews, Castro, when asked by Goldberg if the Soviet-style Communism was still worth exporting, replied[15] that "the Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

Slate[edit]

Jeffrey Goldberg has also written sporadically for Slate. In the late 1990s he wrote the magazine's "Shopping Avenger" column. In 2004 he was a member of the Sopranos "TV Club." Four years later he contributed to the "TV Club" once again, this time for the dialogues on The Wire.

Bloomberg[edit]

Since 2011, Goldberg has been a Bloomberg View columnist.[16] His editorials are also syndicated online, often appearing on such media sites as Newsday[17] and Newsmax.[18]

Books[edit]

Goldberg's book, Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide (New York: Knopf, 2006), describes his experiences in Israel working at the Ketziot military prison camp as well as his dialogue with Rafiq, a prisoner whom Goldberg would later befriend in Washington, DC.[7][19][20]

American critics received the book positively as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times all named it one of the best books of 2006.[21][22][23] The book sold 7,600 copies in hardcover and 3,200 in paperback, according to Nielsen Bookscan.

Political views[edit]

Iraq[edit]

In "The Great Terror", the article that Goldberg wrote for the New Yorker in 2002 during the run-up to the Iraq war, Goldberg argued that the threat posed to America by Saddam Hussein was significant. The article opened with a vivid description of Hussein's Al-Anfal Campaign, including his regime's use of poison gas at Halabja.[10] Goldberg goes on to relate detailed allegations of a close relationship between Hussein and Al Qaeda, which Goldberg says he "later checked with experts on the region."[10] Goldberg argues that: "If these charges are true, it would mean that the relationship between Saddam’s regime and Al Qaeda is far closer than previously thought."[10] Goldberg concludes his article with a discussion of the Iraqi nuclear program, saying that "There is some debate among arms-control experts about exactly when Saddam will have nuclear capabilities. But there is no disagreement that Iraq, if unchecked, will have them soon... There is little doubt what Saddam might do with an atomic bomb or with his stocks of biological and chemical weapons."[10]

In a late 2002 debate in Slate, Goldberg described Hussein as "uniquely evil" and advocated an invasion on a moral basis.[24]

Glenn Greenwald called Goldberg, "One of the leading media cheerleaders for the attack on Iraq, he compiled a record of humiliating falsehood-dissemination in the run-up to the war that rivaled Judy Miller's both in terms of recklessness and destructive impact."[25]

Sarah Palin Controversy[edit]

In September 2014, Goldberg posted a photo on twitter comparing former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to a Burqa-wearing Taliban supporter. He later deleted the post, stating that, "I don't want to read threats made against my family."[26] In 2010, he wrote articles entitled, "Peace-Seeking Muslims Should Refudiate Sarah Palin"[27] and "Why Sarah Palin Endangers American National Security (and Israel's, as Well)."[28] Goldberg has also speculated upon Governor Palin's religious views of the Rapture based upon her comment that, "more and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead."[29] In 2008, Goldberg wrote an articles entitled, "Sarah Palin Endorses Hamas,"[30] "The Specific Danger of Sarah Palin,"[31] and "Sarah Palin: Fatal Cancer?"[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Contributors". The New Yorker. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  2. ^ Michael Massing, "The News About the Internet", New York Book Review Volume 56, Number 13 (August 13, 2009).
  3. ^ a b "Pamela Reeves, Jeffrey Goldberg". The New York Times. June 28, 1993. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (2006). Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide. New York: Knopf. p. 41. ISBN 0-375-41234-4. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (2006). Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide. New York: Knopf. p. 66. ISBN 0-375-41234-4. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (2006). Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide. New York: Knopf. p. 74. ISBN 0-375-41234-4. 
  7. ^ a b Watzman, Haim (October 29, 2006). "The Hope: A Middle East correspondent's troubled friendship with the Palestinian he once kept locked up.". The Washington Post. pp. BW06. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Knopf Speakers Bureau: Jeffrey Goldberg". Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Contributors". The New Yorker. Retrieved April 9, 2007. . "About Jeffrey Goldberg". Personal website. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Goldberg, Jeffrey (March 25, 2002). "The Great Terror". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Overseas Press Club Awards: 2002". The Overseas Press Club of America. Archived from the original on December 13, 2006. Retrieved January 19, 2007. 
  12. ^ "2002 Award Winners". Overseas Press Club. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  13. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg, "In the Party of God, Part One,", The New Yorker October 14 and October 21, 2003, accessed January 22, 2007; "In the Party of God, Part Two," The New Yorker, October 28, 2003, accessed January 22, 2007; searchable database for National Magazine Awards on the website of the American Society of Magazine Editors (2003).
  14. ^ Howard Kurtz (August 6, 2007). "The Atlantic's Owner Ponies Up". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
  15. ^ Franks, Jeff (September 8, 2010). "Fidel Castro says Cuban model no longer works". Reuters. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jeffrey Goldberg: Articles & Columns - Bloomberg". Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey. "Goldberg: Barack Obama achieves half of his Iran goals". Newsday. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey. "Middle East and Beyond". Newsmax. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  19. ^ Hammer, Joshua (December 2006). "Stuck in the Middle East With You: Lessons from an improbable friendship". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  20. ^ Lappin, Elena (November 12, 2006). "My Friend, My Enemy". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ "100 Notable Books of the Year". The New York Times. November 22, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Holiday Guide 2006: Book World Holiday Issue". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Favorite Books of 2006: Nonfiction". The Los Angeles Times. December 10, 2006. 
  24. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg, "Should the U.S. Invade Iraq?" Slate. October 3, 2002.
  25. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (July 27, 2010) "The Jeffrey Goldberg Media." Salon. (Retrieved 7-29-2014.)
  26. ^ John Nolte (2014-09-19). "Atlantic Reporter Compares Palin to Burqa-Wearing Taliban Supporter". Breitbart.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  27. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2010-07-10). "Peace-Seeking Muslims Should Refudiate Sarah Palin". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  28. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2010-07-20). "Why Sarah Palin Endangers American National Security (and Israel's, as Well)". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  29. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2009-11-20). "Sarah Palin and the Rapture". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  30. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2008-09-29). "Sarah Palin Endorses Hamas". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  31. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2008-09-16). "The Specific Danger of Sarah Palin". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  32. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (2008-10-10). "Sarah Palin: Fatal Cancer?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 

Bibliography[edit]

Books by Jeffrey Goldberg
Reviews of publications by Jeffrey Goldberg

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