FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2008
New York, NY — Nat Hentoff is celebrating his golden anniversary writing for The Village Voice. Hentoff began writing a regular media and civil rights column for the Voice on January 8, 1958, and is still going strong.
A prolific author and journalist, Hentoff has written numerous articles, essays and books about politics, human rights and, his personal passion, jazz. While continuing at The Voice, Hentoff has also worked, most notably, as a columnist for The Washington Post and as a reporter for The New Yorker. He now also appears weekly in the Washington Times and he writes a weekly column for the United Media Syndicate, which reaches 250 papers nationwide. Hentoff, in addition, writes for the Progressive, Free Inquiry, and on Jazz and Country Music, for the Wall Street Journal.
Hentoff has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the commentary category and he has been recognized with a number of additional awards including the National Press Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism and the American Bar Association Certificate of Merit for Coverage of the Criminal Justice System, as well as the Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Civil Liberties. In 2003, Hentoff was selected first place winner in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists General Interest category. In 2001, Hentoff was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NSNC, becoming the first to receive the lifetime award and then win first place the following year (02). In 2003, Hentoff was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Jazz Advocate Award, the first time a jazz critic has been honored.
A Fulbright scholar who studied at the Sorbonne, Hentoff earned a graduate degree from Harvard University and graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a BA, and later, a Honorary Doctorate of Law.