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Ron Chernow, American Writer, columnist. Recipient Jack London award United Steelworkers, 1980, National Book award National Book Foundation, 1990, Books to Remember award New York Public Library., 1990, Ambassador Book award English Speaking Union, 1991, George S. Eccles prize Columbia Business School, 1993, Notable Book citation American Library Association, 1993.


Chernow, Ron was born on March 3, 1949 in Brooklyn. Son of Israel and Ruth (Goldspinner) Chernow.


Bachelor in English, summa cum laude, Yale University, New Haven, 1970. Master of Arts in English, Cambridge University, England, 1972. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Marymount Manhattan College, 2005.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hamilton College, Clinton. New York, 2005; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Long Island University, 2009.


Free-lance writer, New York City, 1973-1982;program officer for finance policy studies, The Twentieth Century Fund, New York City, 1983-1986;writer, essayist, lecturer, book reviewer, New York City, since 1988;occasional columnist, The Wall St. Journal, 1990-1991;commentator, National Public Radio, since 1994.



Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center (trustee 1997—2003, vice president 2000-2003, president 2006-2007, member executive committee 2007-2010), Society of America Historians, Organization American Historians, Authors Guild, Century Association, Nature Conservancy, New York History Society, Alexander Hamilton History Society (member advisory board), Wildlife Conservation Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Valerie Stearn, August 22, 1979 (deceased January 2006).

Israel Chernow

Ruth (Goldspinner) Chernow

Valerie Stearn