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Louis Uchitelle is a journalist and author.


Uchitelle, Louis was born on March 21, 1932 in New York City. Son of Abraham and Alice Lee (Cronbach) Uchitelle.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1954.


He has worked for the New York Times since 1980, where he writes about business and economics. Uchitelle joined The Times in 1980 from the Associated Press, where he had been a reporter, editor, foreign correspondent in Latin America and a news executive. From 1967 to 1973 he was bureau chief in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reporting such stories as the rise and fall of the Tupamaro urban guerrillas in neighboring Uruguay, the Argentine guerrilla movement, the numerous economic issues and trends in Latin America's southern cone countries, the return of Juan Domingo Perón and the election of a Peronist government in 1973.

From 1964 to 1967 he was the AP's correspondent and bureau chief in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with responsibility for the Caribbean. His reporting included heavy emphasis on economics, at a time when the islands were trying to form an economic union. He played a lead role in AP's coverage of the U.S. military intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965.

Uchitelle began in journalism as a general assignment reporter on The Mount Vernon (NY) Daily Argus. He grew up in Great Neck, New York and received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He has taught news and feature writing at Columbia University.

In March 2006 Knopf published his book, The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences. He lives in New York City. Recently, Uchitelle moderated a "Times Talk" panel discussion with John Edwards, Barbara Ehrenreich, Stephen Moore and Katherine Newman entitled "American Middle Class: At Risk?".


  • He was the lead reporter for the series The Downsizing of America, which won a George Polk Award in 1996.



Married Joan Eva Shapiro, October 7, 1966. Children: Isabel Anne, Jennifer Emily.

Abraham Uchitelle

Alice Lee (Cronbach) Uchitelle

Joan Eva Shapiro

Isabel Anne Uchitelle

Jennifer Emily Uchitelle