Fred M. Hechinger

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Fred Hechinger)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Fred M. Hechinger
Fred M. Hechinger.jpg
Born (1920-07-07)July 7, 1920
Nuremberg, Germany
Died November 6, 1995(1995-11-06) (aged 75)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Citizenship American
Education DeWitt Clinton High School
Alma mater City College of New York
Notable awards George Polk Award
Spouse Grace Bernstein

Fred M. Hechinger (July 7, 1920 - November 6, 1995) was a German-born American education editor at The New York Times from 1959 to 1990.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1920, Heychinger came to the U.S. in 1936.[1] He earned his bachelor's degree at City College of New York,[1] where he wrote for the student newspaper, The Campus.[2] He served in the U.S. Army during World War II,[1] where he was a military intelligence officer posted at the War Office in London.[3] He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of master sergeant.[3]

After the war, Hechinger was a student at University of London and then a foreign correspondent for the Overseas News Agency. He then became an education journalist, writing for The Times of London, The New York Herald Tribune (where he became education editor in 1950), and The Washington Post,[3] as well as Harper's.[3][4] He also spent three years in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as associate publisher and executive editor of the Bridgeport Sunday Herald.[3]

Hechinger spent the majority of his career at The New York Times, joining in 1959 and retiring in 1990. He was an education writer who also served at times on the paper's editorial board, as president of The New York Times Company Foundation, and a president of Times Neediest Cases Fund (from 1977 until his retirement).[3]

After retiring from the Times, Hechinger became senior adviser to the Carnegie Corporation of New York.[3] He was also a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.[5] He died on November 7, 1995, at the age of 75, of cardiac arrest, at his home on Manhattan's Upper East Side.[3]


He married Grace Bernstein; they had two sons, Paul D. Hechinger, John E. Hechinger.[6]


The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting was established by Education Writers Association.[7]

The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, was named for him.

The Fred M. Hechinger Education Journalism Award is awarded by the Columbia Journalism School.[8]

His papers are held at the Hoover Institution.[9]


  • 1989 George Polk Career Award
  • 1980 Foreign Language Advocate Award, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.[10]
  • 1952 James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education[11]
  • 1950 George Polk Award, Education Reporting
  • 1949 George Polk Award, Suburban Reporting



  1. ^ a b c "Fred M. Hechinger". Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, Teachers College, Columbia University. 
  2. ^ Sandra Shoiock Roff, Anthony M. Cucchiara & Barbara J. Dunlap, From the Free Academy to CUNY: Illustrating Public Higher Education in New York City, 1847-1997 (Fordham University Press, 2000), p. 73.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Lawrence Van Gelder, Fred Hechinger, Education Editor and Advocate, Dies at 75, New York Times (November 7, 1995).
  4. ^ "Hechinger, Fred M". Harper's Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Fred M. Hechinger, 1920-1995". Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. 
  6. ^ "Fred Hechinger, Education Editor and Advocate, Dies at 75", The New York Times, LAWRENCE VAN GELDER, November 7, 1995
  7. ^ "Education Writers Association: Contests". 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  8. ^ "The Daily Plan-it / Dean of Students Blog, Columbia J-school :: GRADUATION: Fred M. Hechinger Education Journalism Award :: April :: 2010". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award". Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "The James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education". CASE. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

External links[edit]