Bernard Kalb

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Bernard Kalb
Born (1922-02-04) February 4, 1922 (age 100)
EducationCity College of New York, Harvard University
  • Journalist
  • moderator
  • media critic
  • lecturer
  • author
Known forCBS News, NBC News, The New York Times
FamilyMarvin Kalb (brother)

Bernard Kalb (born February 4, 1922)[1] is an American journalist, moderator, media critic, lecturer, and author.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New York City, he covered international affairs for more than three decades at CBS News, NBC News and The New York Times. Nearly half that time he was based abroad in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Paris and Saigon.

Near the end of his tenure at the Times, Kalb received a fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations - awarded annually to a foreign correspondent - and took a leave from the newspaper for a year. He also won an Overseas Press Club Award for a 1968 documentary on the Vietcong.

He and his younger brother, journalist Marvin Kalb, traveled extensively with Henry Kissinger on diplomatic missions and later wrote a biography together entitled Kissinger. The two brothers also co-authored The Last Ambassador, a novel about the collapse of Saigon in 1975.

In 1984, Kalb was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and spokesman for the State Department. It was the first time that a journalist who covered the State Department had been named as its spokesperson.[2]

Kalb quit this post two years later to protest what he called "the reported disinformation program" conducted by the Reagan Administration against the Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi.[3]

In his later career, Kalb travels widely as a lecturer and moderator. He was the founding anchor and a panelist on the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources.


Kalb graduated from the City College of New York with a B.S.S. and later received an M.A. from Harvard University.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kalb lives with his family in Maryland. He turned 100 in February 2022.[5]


  1. ^ Maisel, Louis Sandy; Forman, Ira N.; Altschiller, Donald; Bassett, Charles Walker (January 1, 2001). Jews in American Politics. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9780742501812 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "BERNARD KALB NAMED TO POST AT STATE DEPT". Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. ^ Demott, John S. (21 June 2005). "Bernard Kalb's Modest Dissent". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2018 – via
  4. ^ "Nomination of Bernard Kalb To Be an Assistant Secretary of State". Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Daily Kickoff". Jewish Insider. 4 February 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2022.

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Government offices
Preceded by Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
August 12, 1985 – October 8, 1986
Succeeded by