Joseph Kraft

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Joseph Kraft (September 4, 1924 – January 10, 1986) was an American journalist.


Kraft began his career in journalism at the age of 14 where he worked as a stringer covering high school sports for the New York World-Telegram. Kraft worked for the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Syndicate since July 1980 where he covered foreign affairs and national security.[1] After working at The Washington Post and The New York Times in the 1950s, he became a speechwriter for 1960 Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. His work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He served as one of three panelists for the third and final debate, held at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at the College of William & Mary, in the 1976 presidential election. Kraft was viewed as one of America's foremost analysts of domestic and international affairs.[2] His syndicated column ran in over 200 papers.


Kraft was a graduate of Columbia University. He also attended the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Sorbonne.

Personal life[edit]

Kraft died on January 10, 1986, by heart failure at the age of 61.[3] His brother, Gilman Kraft, was a publisher who was the owner of Playbill.[4]


Kraft was the author of four books:

  • The Struggle for Algeria (1961)
  • The Grand Design (1962)
  • Profiles in Power (1966)
  • The Chinese Difference (1973)

He also wrote an extraordinary journalistic account of the explosion of Mexico's debt crisis in 1982:


  1. ^ "Columnist Joseph Kraft, 61 - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. 11 January 1986. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  2. ^ Shaw, Gaylord (11 January 1986). "Political Analyst Joseph Kraft Dies at 61". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ "JOSEPH KRAFT, THE JOURNALIST, DIES; CAPITAL COLUMNS WIDELY PRINTED". The New York Times. 1986-01-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  4. ^ "Gilman Kraft, 73, Performing Arts Publisher". The New York Times. 1999-07-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-18.


  • McFadden, Robert D. (January 11, 1986). Joseph Kraft, Capital Columnist Whose Work Ran in 200 Papers. The New York Times
  • Rosenblatt, Roger (Jan. 27, 1986). The Death of a Columnist. Time magazine
  • Staff report (February 3, 1986). Joseph Kraft, 1924–1986. (obituary). The New Republic