Courage Prize Recipient, 2009

Bob Herbert joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in June 1993. He writes about politics, urban affairs and social trends in a twice-weekly column. The champion of the under-reported story, Herbert brings moral clarity and a sense of outrage to his ongoing depiction of injustice. Whether he is exposing abuses of power, complacency in the face of urgent need or the enduring racial divide, Herbert’s columns form the moral center of American journalism.

From January 1991 to May 1993, Herbert was a national correspondent for NBC, reporting regularly on The Today Show and NBC Nightly News.

A founding panelist of Sunday Edition, a weekly discussion program on WCBS-TV, he was also the host of Hotline, a weekly hour-long issues program on WNYC-TV, both beginning in 1990.

Previously, Herbert worked at The Daily News, beginning in 1976. His positions at The Daily News included general assignment reporter, national correspondent, consumer affairs editor, city hall bureau chief and city editor. In 1985, he became a columnist and a member of the Editorial Board. His column continued to appear in The Daily News until February 1993.

His career began in 1970 as a reporter, then night city editor in 1973, of The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ.

Born in Brooklyn, Herbert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the State University of New York (Empire State College). He has taught journalism at Brooklyn College and the Columbia University School of Journalism.

He has won numerous awards, including the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City, the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing, and the David Nyhan Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University for excellence in political reporting.

Herbert is the author of Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream.

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