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Bob Herbert

Author and Journalist

Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a national think tank that works to promote economic opportunity and equity for all Americans, democracy, and a strong public sector. He spent 18 years writing a twice-weekly column at The New York Times, focusing on politics, urban affairs and social issues.

Herbert began his journalism career in 1970 at New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger, where he worked as a night city editor starting in 1973. He later worked at The Daily News as a general assignment reporter, national correspondent, and consumer affairs editor, eventually becoming a columnist and a member of the editorial board in 1985. His column appeared in the paper until 1993.

Herbert’s broadcast journalism career started in the early 1990s. He was a national correspondent for NBC from 1991 to 1993, and contributed regular reporting to The Today Show and NBC Nightly News. He was also a founding panelist of Sunday Edition on WCBS-TV, and the host of Hotline, a weekly hour-long current affairs program on WNYC-TV.

Herbert’s numerous journalism awards include the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City, the David Nyhan Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University for excellence in political reporting, and the Ridenhour Courage Prize for “fearless articulation of unpopular truths.” He has also taught journalism at Brooklyn College and the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Herbert is the author of Promises Betrayed: Waking Up From the American Dream, Wounded Colossus and his latest, Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America.