September 16, 1932 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Occupation||Journalist, Author, and Historian|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
The Harness Makers Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas, Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America,
|Notable award(s)||Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting,
Olive Branch Award,
Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington correspondence,
the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award,
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lynn Kotz|
Nathan "Nick" K. Kotz (September 16, 1932- ), born in San Antonio, Texas, is an American journalist, author, and historian. His most recent book, 'The Harness Makers Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas', tells the story of Ukrainian immigrant Nathan Kallison’s journey to the United States. He is best known for his 2005 book Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America chronicling the roles of President Johnson and Dr. King in the passage of the 1964, 1965, and 1968 civil rights laws. Kotz won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1968 "for his reporting of unsanitary conditions in many meat packing plants, which helped insure the passage of the Federal Wholesome Meat Act of 1967." 
As a reporter for the Des Moines Register and the Washington Post, and as a freelance writer, Nick Kotz has won many of journalism's most important honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington correspondence, the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, and the first Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award. His study of American military leadership won the National Magazine Award for public service. His book Wild Blue Yonder: Money, Politics, and the B-1 Bomber won the Olive Branch Award.
Kotz's other books include A Passion For Equality: George Wiley and the Movement (with Mary Lynn Kotz); Let Them Eat Promises: The Politics of Hunger; and The Unions (with Haynes Johnson).
A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Kotz did graduate study in international relations at the London School of Economics. After college, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Committed to education, he served as a distinguished adjunct professor at the American University School of Communications and as a Senior Journalist in Residence, for a semester, at Duke University. He is married to Mary Lynn Kotz, a journalist and author of Rauschenberg: Art and Life; and co-author of "Upstairs at the White House: My Life With the First Ladies". Their son, Jack Mitchell Kotz, is a photographer.
- Nick Kotz (2005), Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY, ISBN 0-618-08825-3
- 1968 Pulitzer Prize Winners
- "Alumni, Students Honored at Annual Social Justice Awards Ceremony". Dartmouth College. January 23, 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2010.