Herbert Mitgang

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Herbert Mitgang (January 20, 1920 – November 21, 2013) was an American author, editor, journalist, playwright, and producer of television news documentaries.


Born in Manhattan, he graduated with a law degree from what is now St. John's University.[1] While a student he wrote sports articles for The Brooklyn Eagle.[1]

During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer and Army journalist.[1]


During World War II Mitgang served as an army correspondent and became the managing editor of the Oran-Casablanca and Sicily editions of Stars and Stripes, earning six battle stars. After the war he joined The New York Times. During a 47-year career at the newspaper, he served as supervising editor of the drama section of the Sunday edition, was a member of the editorial board for twelve years, was the first deputy editor of the OP Ed page that he helped create, and was the paper’s publishing correspondent and a daily book critic until his retirement in 1995. From 1964 to 1967 Mitgang was assistant to the president and executive editor of CBS News and produced several CBS Reports documentaries. He also instructed evening classes in English at City College of New York in 1948–1949 and was a visiting professor at Yale University in 1975-1976. From 1948 to 1949 he was a member of the executive board of the Newspaper Guild of New York. He has been a longtime member and has served as president of both the Authors League Fund and the Authors Guild. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Mitgang has contributed freelance articles to magazines, written several novels and biographies and edited several books. His papers are in the collection of the New York Public Library.[2]

Mitgang was one of the original named plaintiffs in "Authors Guild vs. Google" (2005), the purpose of which was to prevent Google from providing a complete searchable index of extant literature.



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Mitgang was married to Shirley (b. Kravchick), with whom he had a son, Lee, and a daughter, Laura.[1]


Mitgang died from complications of pneumonia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Herbert Mitgang, Wide-Ranging Author and Journalist, Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Herbert Mitgang Papers c1929–1995, at the New York Public Library — pdf

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