Norman Pearlstine

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Norman Pearlstine
Born Norman Pearlstine
(1942-10-04) October 4, 1942 (age 75)
Nationality American
Education A.B. Haverford College
J.D. University of Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Charlene Pearlstine (divorced)
Adele Wilson (divorced)
Nancy Friday (divorced)
Jane Boon
Parent(s) Gladys Cohen Pearlstine
Raymond Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine (born October 4, 1942, in Philadelphia) is an American editor and media executive, who held key positions at Time Inc., Bloomberg L.P. and the Wall Street Journal.


Pearlstine was born to a Jewish family[1][2] and raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the son of Gladys (née Cohen) and Raymond Pearlstine.[3]. His mother served as chairman of Montgomery County Community College and his father was an attorney.[3] He has two sisters: Nancy P. Conger and Maggie Pearlstine.[3] He graduated from The Hill School and then received an AB in history from Haverford College.[4] He later obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania[4] and later did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University.[citation needed]

Pearlstine worked for the Wall Street Journal from 1968 to 1992, except for a two-year period, 1978–1980, when he was an executive editor for Forbes magazine. At the Journal, he served as a staff reporter in Dallas, Detroit, and Los Angeles (1968–73); Tokyo bureau chief (1973–76); managing editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal (1976–78); national editor (1980–81); editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal/Europe (1982–83); managing editor (1983–91); and executive editor (1991–92).

He was named as the interim president of the New-York Historical Society in 1992.[5]

After leaving the Wall Street Journal he launched SmartMoney and was later the general partner of Friday Holdings, a multimedia investment company, prior to succeeding Jason McManus as editor in chief at Time Inc. in 1995. He was editor in chief of Time Inc., where he served between January 1, 1995,[6] and December 31, 2005. At the end of his tenure, he was responsible for the content of Time Inc.'s 154 publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, and Time.[6] Through 2006, he served as a senior adviser to Time Warner.

Pearlstine was a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group's telecommunications and media group in New York.[7][8] Pearlstine then joined Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as chief content officer, a newly created position.[9] In that role Pearlstine was charged with seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg’s television, radio, magazine, and online products and to make the most of the company’s news operations. Pearlstine also served as chairman of Bloomberg Businessweek, the magazine Bloomberg L.P. acquired fromMcGraw-Hill in 2009, and as co-chairman of Bloomberg Government, a web-based subscription service devoted to coverage of the impact of government actions on business, including legislation, regulation, and contracts.[10]

In October 2013, Pearlstine returned to Time Inc. as chief content officer, a position similar to the one he held at Bloomberg.[11]


Pearlstine has been married four times. During college, he married Charlene Pearlstine; they divorced while he was in law school.[1] In 1973, he married Adele Wilson, a schoolteacher.[1] In 1988, he married Nancy Friday; they divorced in 2005.[12] In 2005, he married his fourth wife, Jane Boon, an industrial engineer.[13]


In January 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors named Pearlstine the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.[14] He was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 2000.[15] He received the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award in 1989.

Pearlstine serves on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, and the Watson Institute for International Relations. He serves on the advisory board of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and he is co-chairman of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School of Communications. He previously served on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation,[16] and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[17] From 2006 to 2011, Pearlstine served as president and CEO of the American Academy Berlin.[18]

Pearlstine was briefly part of the controversy surrounding Matthew Cooper when, after the United States Supreme Court refused to review adverse lower court decisions, he gave Cooper's notes to the independent prosecutor investigating the outing of Valerie Plame as a covert agent of the CIA.[19] From this experience, Pearlstine wrote a book entitled Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was published in hardcover in June 2007,[20][21] and in soft cover in June 2008.


  1. ^ a b c Esquire Magazine: "A Perfect Day for Banana Feet" By Michael Gross January 1995
  2. ^ Silbiger, Steve (May 25, 2000). The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 191. 
  3. ^ a b c Times Herald: "Obituaries for July 11 2007 - Gladys Pearlstine" July 11, 2007
  4. ^ a b Jewish Business News: "Norman Pearlstine Goes Back In Time" November 5, 2013
  5. ^ "Historical Society Names Leader". New York Times. October 2, 1992. Retrieved 2014-08-08. Mr. Pearlstine, who has been chairman of the Historical Society since April 1989, is to head a search committee to replace Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, who retired yesterday after four years as president. ... 
  6. ^ a b News Bios
  7. ^ "Norman Pearlstine, Senior Advisor". Carlyle Team. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Carlyle bio
  9. ^ Bloomberg Press Release
  10. ^ "Norman Pearlstine". Bloomberg Link. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
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  13. ^ New York Times: "Jane Boon and Norman Pearlstine" April 24, 2005
  14. ^ ASME Lifetime Achievement Award
  15. ^ Loeb Lifetime Award Winners
  16. ^ Carnegie appointment
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  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ page on the Cooper case
  20. ^ Book description
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