Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
At Your Fingertips
Lots of people, myself included, have written over the past decade or so about how the Internet and the Web -- to say nothing of e-mail, iPods, cell phones and all sorts of other paraphernalia -- have begun to undermine the dominance that books, newspapers, magazines and other traditional forms of media have maintained for so many centuries. There's a...
What Jew or Christian -- in fact, what feeling person -- has not turned to the psalms for a bit of comfort at times of stress or need? These verses have soothed countless souls over the millennia, a task which they were so obviously created to accomplish. The centrality that the Book of Psalms holds in Jewish culture -- for...
Janusz Korczak held to a philosophy that gave young people a place of supreme importance
Janusz Korczak, a physician and prescient educator, spent a good deal of his time formulating odd, unconventional ideas. The notion at the heart of his strenuously unconventional philosophy was his concept of a Children's Republic, something he understood would hold little interest for the majority of adults. But Korczak, who also happened to be a renowned writer and radio personality...
Feeling a little stressed these days, as the blissful ease of summer abruptly comes to an end, and school and religious obligations come flooding back at you with the onset of the fated month of September? You're not alone, of course, and now there's a magazine that's right up your ally. It's called Going Bonkers? -- and it attempts to...
Media Clippings
I have referenced this remarkable development in the publishing world in two previous articles, and now, at last, The New York Times has written about this fascinating product -- the Espresso Book Machine -- in considerable detail in its Aug. 2 issue. As the article by reporter Anthony Ramirez noted, books in the Middle Ages were written by hand, and...


Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.



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