Serge Schmemann

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Serge Schmemann
Born (1945-04-12) April 12, 1945 (age 71)
Nationality United States
Occupation Writer and editorial page editor
Parent(s) Alexander Schmemann

Serge Schmemann (born April 12, 1945) is a writer and editorial page editor of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Associated Press and was a bureau chief and editor for the New York Times.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in France, the son of Alexander Schmemann and Juliana Ossorguine (a descendant of Juliana of Lazarevo, a Russian Orthodox Saint),[2] he moved to the United States as a child, in 1951. He grew up speaking Russian at home, but he visited his ancestral homeland for the first time only in 1980 when he arrived with his family as Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press. It was not until 1990 that the Soviet authorities allowed him to visit his grandparents' home village near Kaluga. His reflections on the changing fate of the village provided the subject matter for his memoirs, published in 1997.[3]

Writing for The New York Times, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1991 for his coverage of the reunification of Germany,[1] which he also made the subject of a book.[4] The September 12, 2001 New York Times featured a front-page article written by Schmemann about the September 11 attacks.[5] He won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing) in 2003 for the Discovery Channel documentary Mortal Enemies.[1]

Schmemann has three children and lives in Paris.


  • 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction for Echoes of a Native Land



  1. ^ a b c "Serge Schmemann - Executives Biographies - The New York Times Company". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ Schmemann, Serge (April 2009). "Soul of Russia". National Geographic. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  3. ^ Schmemann, Serge (1999). Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village. Vintage. ISBN 978-0-679-75707-8. OCLC 36074523. 
  4. ^ Schmemann, Serge (2007) [2006]. When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism. New York Times Books. Kingfisher. ISBN 978-0-7534-6153-2. OCLC 61303439. 
  5. ^ Schmemann, Serge (2001-09-12). "U.S. ATTACKED; President Vows to Exact Punishment for 'Evil'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-27.