David M. Shribman

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David Shribman is an award-winning journalist and author, with a career spanning many well-known newspapers. He has since turned to teaching.

Shribman won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.[1] At the time, he served as the Boston Globe's Washington bureau chief, as well as a columnist.[1]

His first job was at the city desk of the Buffalo Evening News. Subsequently, he served in national news and politics capacities at the same paper and at the Washington Star, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.[1] In 2002, he was hired as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he remained for 16 years.[2] He had planned on retiring the next year, but the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting caused him to leave earlier;[3] he made the globally-recognized decision to publish a front-page, full-width headline, in Hebrew-Aramaic, of the opening of the Jewish mourner's prayer the Friday following the massacre.[2][3][4]

Post-newspaper-career, he spent a period at Carnegie Mellon University and a longer term appointment as professor at McGill University, with plans to return to Carnegie Mellon[2][5][6]

While at the Post-Gazette, Shribman spearheaded the formation of Spotlight PA, a state politics reporting nonprofit serving multiple newspapers.[2]

Shribman was born in Salem, son of Norma[7] and Richard Shribman.[8] He attended Dartmouth, his father's alma mater,[8] and did graduate work at Cambridge. He married Cindy Skrzycki in 1978. They have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Natalie.[6] His wife was also a journalist before switching to university teaching. She had been a business columnist for the Washington Post, a senior English department lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, and joined the McGill faculty in 2019.[2] He has citizenship in both the United States and Canada.[6] As of November 2019, daughter Natalie Shribman was studying rabbinics at Reform Judaism's Hebrew Union College,[9][10] and daughter Elizabeth Shribman was an Associate Director of the San Francisco Symphony orchestra;[11][12] Elizabeth was subsequently promoted to Chief of Staff.[13]

He served as a trustee of Dartmouth, produced a history of the college, and sits on the board of a number of presidential libraries and journalism organizations.[2]

Shribman wrote, I Remember My Teacher, reminiscences about America's greatest educators, in the formal and informal sense.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "David Shribman of The Boston Globe". www.pulitzer.org. 1995. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Post-Gazette editor David Shribman to step down at end of the year". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  3. ^ a b "About the Jewish mourners' prayer on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette front page". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. ^ Christina Maxouris; Brandon Griggs. "A Pittsburgh newspaper put the first words of the Jewish mourning prayer on its front page". CNN. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  5. ^ a b "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Shribman Named Scholar-in-Residence at Dietrich College - News - Carnegie Mellon University". www.cmu.edu. 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  6. ^ a b c "David Shribman". Max Bell School of Public Policy. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  7. ^ https://obituaries.salemnews.com/obituary/norma-shribman-772352421
  8. ^ a b Oct 2018, Lisa Furlong | Sep-. "David Shribman '76". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  9. ^ "Meet Natalie Shribman | Center for Small Town Jewish Life". Colby College. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  10. ^ "Shribman, a North Shore native, reflects on the tragedy in Pittsburgh". Jewish Journal. 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  12. ^ "League of American Orchestras - Shribman Bio" (PDF). League of American Orchestras. 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  13. ^ "San Francisco Symphony - Board & Staff". www.sfsymphony.org. Retrieved 2019-10-29.