Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently hosted its annual Daisy Day luncheon and there was quite a cross-pollination of movers and shakers attending the fundraiser. (From left) are Tina Snider, honorary co-chair; Nancy Wolfson, chair; Dr. Steven Alt­schuler, CEO, CHOP; Laurel Escoll, patient speaker; and Dr. David Sherry, the director of the Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program at CHOP.
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Rabbi Geri Newburge was recently feted by Temple Emanuel of Cherry Hill, N.J., in a salute to her 10 years of “faithful dedication to the synagogue and the South Jersey metro community.” At the center of attention on the bimah is the rabbi, hugging her son, Jay, surrounded by (from left) the honoree’s family, Mark Goldberg; husband Rabbi Eric Goldberg;...
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Robert D. Fox (right) gets congrats from Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County, upon Fox’s being honored by the Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council. Managing partner of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, a prominent “green” law firm, Fox received the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its Go for the Green Awards ceremony.
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Barbie Zelizer , the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, is heading up the 2013 SummerCulture trip to Dublin, now in progress, for a group of the school’s doctoral students. The prof also recently lectured on “Tools for the Future of Journalism” at the University...
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William J. Chertok, 84, a Philadelphia native who spent most of his life in Coatesville, Pa., where he had a successful political as well as business career, died June 22.
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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