Victor Saul Navasky
(born July 5, 1932) is an American journalist, editor and academic. He is publisher emeritus of The Nation
and George T. Delacorte Professor Emeritus of Professional Practice in Magazine Journalism at Columbia University
. He was editor of The Nation
from 1978 until 1995 and its publisher and editorial director from 1995 to 2005. Navasky's book Naming Names
(1980) is considered a definitive take on the Hollywood blacklist
. For it he won a 1982 National Book Award for Nonfiction
Early life and education
Navasky was born in New York City, the son of Esther (Goldberg) and Macy Navasky.
In 1946, when he was in the eighth grade, he helped to raise money for the Irgun Zvai Leumi
— by passing a contribution basket at performances of Ben Hecht
’s play, A Flag is Born
Before joining The Nation,
Navasky was an editor at The New York Times Magazine
He also wrote a monthly column about the publishing business ("In Cold Print") for the Times
Navasky was named the editor of The Nation
in 1978. In that forum, for many years, he was immortalized in Calvin Trillin
's Uncivil Liberties column as "the wily and parsimonious Victor S. Navasky," or "The W. & P." for short.
Navasky is a supporter of alleged Soviet spy Alger Hiss
, having published vociferous defences of the man's innocence in The Nation
both during his lifetime and after.
In addition to his Nation
responsibilities, Navasky is also Director of the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism at Columbia University
, a member of the Board of Independent Diplomat
, and a regular commentator on the public radio program Marketplace
In 2005, Navasky was named chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review
(CJR). This appointment engendered some controversy; as Navasky's name did not appear on the masthead, critics on the political right saw this as hiding that, despite the magazine's purported lack of political bias, a "major left-wing polemicist is calling the shots at CJR without any mention on the masthead."
Marriage and family
Navasky, who has three children, lives in New York City, with his wife, Anne (Strongin) Navasky.
- Kennedy Justice (Atheneum, 1971)
- Naming Names (Viking, 1980); a book concerning the Hollywood blacklist
- The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation (with Christopher Cerf), 1984, 1998, (ISBN 0-679-77806-3)
- A Matter of Opinion (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2005) (ISBN 0-374-29997-8)
- Mission Accomplished! (or How We Won the War in Iraq), (with Christopher Cerf), 2008, (ISBN 1-4165-6993-6)
- The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power, (Knopf 2013) (ISBN 978-0307957207)
- ^ "National Book Awards – 1982". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- ^ https://nieman.harvard.edu/awards/i-f-stone-medal-for-journalistic-independence/
- ^ Victor Navasky, "El Sid," Tablet Magazine, August 12, 2009
- ^ Hamm, Theodore; Williams Cole (August–September 2002). "Victor Navasky: A Life on the Left". The Brooklyn Rail.
- ^ Victor Navasky, "The Case Not Proved Against Alger Hiss," The Nation , 8 April 1978, pp. 394, 396, 401.
- ^ Gershman, Jacob (June 2, 2005). "Nation Publisher Navasky Takes Reins of CJR". New York Sun. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
- ^ "George Polk Awards for Journalism press release". Long Island University. Retrieved November 15, 2006.
- ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
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