Clyde Haberman

Clyde Haberman (born May 18, 1945) is an American journalist who has contributed to The New York Times in various capacities since 1977.

Clyde Haberman
Born (1945-05-18) May 18, 1945 (age 75)
Alma materCity College of New York
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times, New York Post, Retro Report
Spouse(s)Nancy Spies Haberman;
Kathleen Jones
ChildrenMaggie, Zach, and Emma Haberman

Early life and educationEdit

Haberman was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family[1][2] and attended yeshiva through 8th grade.[3] He is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science (1962) and City College of New York (1966). He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1968, serving two years, first in Georgia, then in Germany.


Haberman began his association with The New York Times as a copy boy in 1964 and then as City College of New York correspondent. He was fired by Abe Rosenthal in 1966 after sneaking a fictional college award and awardee into the Times.[4] Haberman then worked at the New York Post, returning to the Times in 1977. His assignments included staff editor of The Week in Review; Metro reporter; City Hall bureau chief; and, from 1982 to 1995, foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Rome, and bureau chief in Jerusalem (1991-1995).[5] Over the years, he covered such major events as the Attica prison rebellion in 1971, the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines in 1986, South Korea's pro-democracy uprising in 1987, the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the 1993 Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians, the rise of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

He wrote "NYC", a twice-a-week column on New York City, from 1995 to 2011. In 2009, he was part of a Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, awarded for coverage of the prostitution scandal that led to Eliot Spitzer's resignation as New York governor. In his April 8, 2011, column, entitled "One Last Attempt to Explain New York City", he announced that it would be his last "NYC" column.[6] In May 2011, he began writing a column called "The Day" for The New York Times online "City Room" blog.[7] That column ended in January 2013, and he began a new series of interviews for the Times. In 2014 he began writing an online series for the Times called Retro Report, linked with video documentaries exploring the long-term consequences of major news stories from the past. In 2017, he joined the Times editorial board.

He is the editor and writer of "The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade," published in 2013 by Black Dog & Leventhal. In 2015, he was inducted into the New York Press Club's Hall of Fame.

Haberman serves as a professor at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College teaching an honors seminar course on New York City.

Personal lifeEdit

Clyde Haberman was first married to Nancy Spies Haberman, an executive with the public relations firm Rubenstein Associates. Their two children are Maggie Haberman,[8] White House correspondent for The New York Times, and Zach Haberman,[9] lead breaking news editor for NBC News. Since 1984, Haberman has been married to Kathleen Jones, former director of special projects at Human Rights First and former associate publisher of The New York Review of Books. Their daughter is Emma Haberman,[10] special events manager at World Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.

There are six grandchildren: Max, Miri and Dashiell Gregorian; Eve and Celia Haberman; and Clementine Powers.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Shalev, Chemi (January 16, 2014). "'A New York Times Reporter in Israel Is Invariably Called an anti-Semite or Self-hating Jew'". Haaretz. Retrieved January 24, 2019. ...special for the Orthodox-born-and-raised Haberman
  2. ^ Kassel, Matthew (January 8, 2014). "Clyde Haberman's Last Bite Breaking burgers with the legendary journalist". The Observer. “To be the Times guy in Israel is one of the hardest jobs in journalism, I would argue,” Mr. Haberman, who was raised as an Orthodox Jew, added.
  3. ^ Rosenblatt, Gary (May 22, 2019). "With NY Times Under Siege, Jewish Reporters Hit Back". The New York Jewish Week. Clyde Haberman, who attended a New York yeshiva through eighth grade and later served as Jerusalem bureau chief for several years
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  5. ^ Mark, Jonathan (February 11, 2010). "A Father At The Times, A Son In The IDF". The New York Jewish Week.
  6. ^ Haberman, Clyde (April 8, 2011). "One Last Attempt to Explain New York City". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Haberman, Clyde (May 9, 2011). "After Kushner Stumble, CUNY Tries to Dust Itself Off". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations: Maggie Haberman, Dareh Gregorian". The New York Times. November 9, 2003. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations: Whitney Odell, Zachary Haberman". The New York Times. June 10, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Weddings: Emma Haberman, Caleb Powers". The New York Times. September 27, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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