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Robert Allen Leiter, American Journalist, magazine editors Recipient Smolar award for excellence in North America Jewish journalism for article series, 1989, Simon Rockower award, 1990, (2) 93, 96, Keystone Press award, 1994, Society Professional Journalists award 1996. Assistant to vice chairman United States Commision on Civil Rights, Washington, 1987-1988. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Leiter, Robert Allen was born on April 21, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel Simon and Beverly (Agins) Leiter.


Bachelor in English and Creative Writing with honors, University Iowa, 1970.


Freelance writer short stories, book reviews, feature articles The Nation, The New Republic, Redbook, American Scholar, New York Times, Partisan Review, The Forward, others, since 1973. Managing editor, book columnist Inside magazine, Philadelphia, 1983-1987. General reporter, book editor Jewish Exponent, 1987-1998.

Co-editor Friday, literature supplement newspaper Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, 1983-1987, managing editor Jewish Exponent 100th Anniversary edition, 1987, editor Extra Extra, weekly magazine section, 1987-1994. News editor Jewish Exponent, 1994-1995, literature supplement editor, 1995-1998, interim editor-in-chief, 1998-1999, literature editor, 1999—2008, senior editor, since 2009. Editor-in-chief, Inside Magazine, 2000-2007.

Contributor editor American Poetry Review, Philadelphia, since 1987. Instructor writing, American literature, theater Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) Adult School, 1983-1987. Instructor Jewish American literature, Jews in politics Daroff Campus Adult Studies, Pennsylvania, 1984, 99-2001.

Member selection committee Annual Chaim Potok Literature Award, 2003-2004.


Assistant to vice chairman United States Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, 1987-1988. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: collecting books, antique furniture and paintings.


Married Barbara Ann Field, May 6, 1973. Children: Lauren, James, Rebecca.

Samuel Simon Leiter

Beverly (Agins) Leiter

Barbara Ann Field

Lauren Leiter

James Leiter

Rebecca Leiter