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columnist , writer

Neal Stuart Karlen is an American columnist and freelance writer.


Neal Stuart Karlen was born on June 25, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Son of Markle and Charlotte Hope (Greenfield) Karlen.


He received his Bachelor in American Civilization (magna cum laude) from Brown University in 1982.


Karlen was a reporter and staff writer at Newsweek, New York City from 1982 until 1986. Then he was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, New York City from 1986 to 1991, a freelance contributor to Washington Post, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Spy, since 1986. Thereafter Karlen was on-air essayist at Columbia Broadcasting System News/America Tonight, New York City in 1990. He also worked as a columnist at Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine, Minneapolis since 1990. Since 1992 he was a contract writer at New York Times.


  • He received the American History Society prize from Brown University in 1982 and Minnesota State Arts board grant for non-fiction writing in 1991.


He has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    collecting books, baseball cards, American Pop Culture kitsch.


Markle Karlen

Charlotte Hope (Greenfield) Karlen