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Herbert Mitgang, American writer, journalist. Bar: New York 1942.


Mitgang, Herbert was born on January 20, 1920 in New York City. Son of Benjamin and Florence (Altman) Mitgang.


Bachelor of Laws, St. John's Law School, 1942.


Sports stringer, Brooklyn Eagle, 1938-1939;screen writer, Universal-International Pictures, 1945;copy editor, reviewer, New York Times, New York City, 1945-1954;supervising editor, Sunday Times drama section, 1955-1962;editorial writer, member editorial board, New York Times, 1963-1964, 67-76;deputy editor Op-Ed page, New York Times, 1970-1976;publishing, cultural correspondent, book critic, New York Times, 1976-1994;assistant to president, executive editor, Columbia Broadcasting System News, 1964-1967. Instructor English evening division City College of New York, 1948-1949. Visiting lecturer English, guest fellow Silliman College, Yale University, 1975-1976.

Literature advisor White House Library, 1977-1981.


  • Bar: New York 1942.



Member executive board Newspaper Guild of New York, Chief Information Officer, 1948-1949. Board directors Theatre for a New Audience, New York, since 1998. Served with counter-intelligence section 5th wing United States Army Air Force, 1942-1943, Mediterranean Theatre of Operations.

Army correspondent, managing editor Stars and Stripes, Oran-Casablanca and Sicily editions 1943-1945. Fellow Society of America Historians. Member Authors League (council since 1962, president fund 1976-1997, president emeritus since 1998), Dramatists Guild (board directors since 1999), Authors Guild (president 1971-1975, trustee, correspondence fund since 1975), International P.E.N. (United States delegate London) Clubs: Century Association (New York City).


Married Shirley Kravchick, May 13, 1945. Children: Esther, Lee, Laura.

Benjamin Mitgang

Florence (Altman) Mitgang

Shirley Kravchick

Esther Mitgang

Lee Mitgang

Laura Mitgang