Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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Media Clippings I've said it numerous times before: Once David Remnick took over as editor of The New Yorker nearly a decade ago, the quotient of identifiable Jewish content in the magazine markedly rose -- and continues to rise. And one of the most intriguing of these pieces, which also happened to be written by one of my favorites among...
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Media Clippings There are some writers I just can't get enough of, and I'll read anything they write, no matter the topic. Not long ago in this space, I professed my considerable admiration for Natalie Angier, who writes on science for The New York Times, and, in the past, I've praised another of these favorites, Daphne Merkin. She's been fairly...
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Seasoned author takes on a new topic
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The question at the heart of Janet Malcolm's new book Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice -- how did a pair of elderly Jewish lesbians survive the Nazis? -- is unmistakably intriguing; more than a little provocative; startling, actually, despite the fact that we live in an age when the concept of a private life has become downright laughable. Secrets are...
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Just a little over a month ago, I used this space to dissect the revised Atlantic monthly magazine, now that it's left it's longtime perch in Boston and has been trying to reposition itself in Washington, D.C., with an eye, its editors readily acknowledge, to becoming more of a player on the political scene. My focus back then was the...
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In Kate Simon's classic work, Bronx Primitive , in which she sketches masterful "portraits" from her New York immigrant childhood, she explains in the chapter titled "Forebears" that her parents were skeptics, and as such met all the bubbe meises (grandmother's tales) about the beautiful life in the shtetl with a raised eyebrow, even two. In typical fashion, Simon writes...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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