Jack Rosenthal (journalist)

This article is about an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. For an English playwright, see Jack Rosenthal.
Jacob "Jack" Rosenthal
Born 1935
Tel Aviv, Palestine
Occupation Journalist
Government official
Nationality American
Education Harvard University

Jacob "Jack" Rosenthal is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an executive at The New York Times since 1969, most recently serving as President of The New York Times Company Foundation (2000–2009), and as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 2014-15.

Early life

Jacob “Jack” Rosenthal was born in Tel-Aviv, Palestine in 1935 before the post World War II founding of the modern state of Israel. He grew up in Portland, Oregon. He earned his A.B. in history in 1956 from Harvard University, where he was an editor of The Harvard Crimson.


He began his career in journalism in 1961 as a reporter and editor at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, and served in the U.S. Army.

Rosenthal then went to Washington D.C. to serve in the U.S. Department of Justice as the Assistant Director of Public Information from 1961–1964, the Director of Public Information from 1964–1967, and in the U.S. State Department as the Executive Assistant to Under Secretary Nicholas deB. Katzenbach from 1966–1967.

Rosenthal was a Kennedy Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics from 1967–1968, and in 1968 he was the principal editor of the Kerner Commission Report on urban riots.

Rosenthal joined The New York Times in 1969. At the New York Times, Rosenthal was Urban Correspondent, Washington Bureau (1969–1973), Assistant Sunday Editor (1973-1977),Deputy Editorial Page Editor (1977-1986. Editorial Page Editor (1986–1993), Magazine Editor (1993–2000). In 1982 he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished editorial writing on national politics and social policy.

Rosenthal was the President of The New York Times Company Foundation from 2000 – 2009 and is currently President Emeritus. Rosenthal was a Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Philanthropies from 2010 – 2014.[1]

Rosenthal is founder and chairman of ReServe, an award-winning nonprofit that connects skilled older adults with work at public and nonprofit service agencies. It has made 3,000 placements in New York, Miami, Baltimore, Boston and Newark.[2]



  1. Day, Rachel. "News Release: JFK Presidential Library Opens the Personal Papers of Jacob "Jack" Rosenthal". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  2. "Jack Rosenthal Appointed Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Philanthropies". The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Philanthropies. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  3. "The Pulitzer Prizes, 1982 Winners and Finalists".
  4. "American Dream Awards 2007".

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