UPDATED 8:24 a.m., 8/21/14: Thank you George Hearst for doing the right thing. Here’s what we received from the V.P. of Circulation, Todd Peterson, this a.m.: ““We will honor all expiration dates through the end of their term and notify them at expiration that their newspaper is going to stop. We will call back the few people we talked to on Friday and let re-iterate that their newspaper ends at expiration, and that their delivery will continue until then and they will be reminded at that time that delivery will cease.” [Read more…]
SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm, Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will have a reading, discussion and signing with Harry Rosenfeld, author of From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman.
How does one boy from a Polish family of furriers and tailors become an editor at two of the greatest American newspapers in the twentieth century and a key figure in overseeing the breaking of the Watergate scandal?
In From Kristallnacht to Watergate, Harry Rosenfeld traces his ambition to become a journalist back to his childhood in Hitler’s Berlin. He saw his father taken away by the Gestapo in the middle of the night, witnessed the burning of his synagogue, and walked through streets littered with the shattered glass from Jewish businesses. When his family escaped to America, Rosenfeld felt a responsibility to ensure that what had happened in Nazi Germany could not happen here. “Looking back,” he writes, “I discerned a theme underpinning much of my journalistic labors: holding to account the accountable, the more powerful the better.”
It was this lifelong endeavor for accountability that led Rosenfeld to demand standard-setting coverage during his years as an editor at the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post, earning the Post the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Rosenfeld reminds us why journalism matters, and why good journalism is essential to our democracy.
Bob Woodward praises From Kristallnacht to Watergate, “A terrific memoir by one of the great newspapermen of the era. Harry Rosenfeld was one of the key editors on Watergate. As a reader will see here, he is probing, open-minded, dogged, and unsparing of everyone including himself. Not everyone will agree with all the details, but this is real history, illuminating and told honestly with a deep sense of the moral obligation of the press.”
Harry Rosenfeld is Editor-at-Large and a consultant at the Albany Times Union. He is also a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. He lives in Albany, New York.
Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY.
For more information on this or other events, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.