March 7, 1945
New York City, U.S.
|Education||State University of New York|
|Notable credit(s)||The New York Times|
Robert Herbert (born March 7, 1945) is an American journalist and former op-ed columnist for The New York Times. His column was syndicated to other newspapers around the country. Herbert frequently writes on poverty, the Iraq War, racism and American political apathy towards racism. He is now a fellow at Demos and was elected to serve on the Common Cause National Governing Board in 2015.
Early life and education
Herbert was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised primarily in Montclair, New Jersey, where his parents owned a number of upholstery shops. He was drafted during the buildup to the Vietnam War, but was ultimately sent to Korea. Always having had an interest in politics and writing, Herbert decided shortly after the war to go into journalism. Herbert received a Bachelor of Science, Journalism from the State University of New York (Empire State College) in 1988.
Herbert's journalistic career began with The Star-Ledger in New Jersey in 1970. Herbert went on to work as a reporter and editor at the New York Daily News from 1976 until 1985, when he became a political columnist and editor, and began attracting attention for his editorial work. This led to a position on WCBS-TV in New York, as a founding panelist of Sunday Edition in 1990, as well as becoming host of Hotline, a weekly issues program on New York public television. He later served as a national correspondent on NBC from 1991 to 1993, with regular appearances on The Today Show and NBC Nightly News.
Herbert's journalistic awards include the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing. He also chaired the Pulitzer Prize jury for spot news reporting in 1993. Herbert is author of Promises Betrayed: Waking Up From The American Dream, published by Henry Holt & Company in 2005.
Herbert left The New York Times on March 25, 2011, with his last column titled, "Losing Our Way." In June 2011, Herbert joined the national think-tank Demos as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. At the time his fellowship was announced, it was also revealed that he will write for the Demos blog PolicyShop as well as The American Prospect magazine, which merged with Demos in 2010.
In 2014 Herbert published his book Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America.
Herbert directed the documentary film, Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class (2017) which explores issues of the Black middle class, structural racism, and discrimination through historical footage and interviews with people such as Isabel Wilkerson, Maya Rockeymoore, Elijah Cummings, Alvin Poussaint, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Marc Morial.
In pop culture
Herbert is mentioned in the Seinfeld episode "The Big Salad" when character George Costanza's girlfriend Julie is discussing her favorite writers, and says "And Bob Herbert's great. He's the Daily News," to which Costanza compares Herbert's name pronunciation with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert.
- "Times Select, Meet the Columnists". The New York Times. September 19, 2005. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
- "Columnist Biography: Bob Herbert". The New York Times. March 16, 2003. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
- Bob Herbert (March 26, 2011). "Losing Our Way". The New York Times.
- Interview with Bob Herbert, at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, broadcast on C-SPAN2 BookTV, December 28, 2014, 1:00 a.m. PST.
- Moyers, Bill (March 2, 2017). "Watch Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class". BillMoyers.com. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
- Kaufmann, Greg (May 22, 2017). "'Against All Odds' Is Required Viewing for White Progressives". Talk Poverty. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
- "What about the black middle class?". Baltimore Sun. October 31, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
- Gupta, Anjali (February 25, 2022). "Bobby Hebert Bio [2022 Update]: NFL, Entrepreneur, Wife & Net Worth". Players Bio. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
- Andriatch, Bruce. "10 times Seinfeld showed his love for newspapers". Buffalo News. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
- Bob Herbert at IMDb
- "Meet Bob Herbert", The New York Times biographical video interview
- Bob Herbert's New York Times Columnist Page Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Interview at Democracy Now
- 1995 Interview with The Progressive, at FindArticles Archived March 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
- Appearances on C-SPAN