Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
Fine Moments?
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You never really know what Heeb magazine is going to do next, but you do know one thing -- there will definitely be something outrageous about the concept. Take the last few issues, for example. The fall 2007 number was dubbed the "Chosen Issue" and announced the launch of Heeb100.com , a new Web site that was conceived as "an...
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Hero to the End
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Several months ago, I got reacquainted with The New Leader , the longtime political journal, which discontinued its print version last year, but continues its long tradition of featuring fine pieces of analysis and incisive reviews of the arts at its Web site: www.newleader.com . And one of the distinct pleasures of reconnecting with the publication (which I had the...
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Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about Thomas Eakins -- the occasion was the appearance of a fine new biography by William S. McFeely -- and I described him as the greatest painter this city ever produced, as well as one of many artists that our fair metropolis also saw fit to abuse (in saying this, I was thinking...
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Certain writers do one thing so well, they eventually become predictable, known for their schtick. Loyal readers, in fact, come to look forward to the next outing. Christopher Hitchens, for example, has been known for more than three decades as a dependable curmudgeon, good for a vitriolic rant every few weeks or so. His career also has taken some compelling...
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You hear about Jewish influence in all of the arts, to say nothing of other areas of expertise; and, though you sometimes think of it as a pleasant exaggeration -- when it's not being posited as a subtle slur -- you can still run across evidence of such influence, and be amazed at just how far and wide and deep...
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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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