Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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An odd article appeared recently, titled "The Book." It wasn't badly written or muddled; in fact, author Patrick Symmes crafted it smoothly and made it compelling to the end. The odd thing was where it was published, the subject matter and, in a lesser sense, that Symmes had written it at all. Here's how the piece was summed up on...
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When readers become deeply attached to a popular or classic novel, they're often not happy with what's done to it when it's adapted to film. The more beloved the work, in fact, the more extreme the reaction. But I just discovered that the reverse is sometimes true. When you're not so impressed with a piece of fiction, it can, at...
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By every published account, this continues to be a strenuous period for magazines and print media. And yet, you couldn't tell that by all the new magazines that have made appearances during the summer months. I wrote about Radar several weeks ago, which just published its second issue and seems bent on reviving the cheekiness of Spy. Now comes Weekend...
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Several months ago, Corby Kummer, an editor at The Atlantic, outed himself, Jewishly speaking - at least to me. I'd been reading him for years in the magazine, and had assumed from his name that he was of patrician stock. But in a piece titled "Kosher Conversion," he mentioned that during his childhood, his family had tagged meat-related items with...
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These days, Michael Eisner sounds exactly like a member of my family. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, I noted that I was not a great fan of sleepover camps, but that my opinion was anomalous - and I needed to look no farther than my wife and three children (and lots of other relatives) to prove my point,...
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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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