Bob Herbert

  • New York Times Op-Ed Columnist (1993-2011)
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos Public Policy Organization

During his 18-year career as an op-ed columnist at the New York Times, Bob Herbert covered the latest in politics, urban affairs and social trends in a twice-weekly column. He is currently the Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a public policy organization dedicated to economic and political equality.

Mr. Herbert is the author of Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream, (Times Books, 2005) and is currently at work on a new book, Wounded Colossus.


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Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a research and policy center, in New York. 

He is the author of LOSING OUR WAY: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, published by Doubleday in October 2014. 

Mr. Herbert is also the moderator of Bob Herbert’s OPED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV, the City University cable channel in New York.

From 1993 until 2011, he was an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, writing twice a week about politics, urban affairs and social trends.

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

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

Previously, Mr. Herbert worked at The Daily News, beginning in 1976. His positions atThe 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, at The Star-Ledgerin Newark, NJ.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. 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, the David Nyhan Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University for excellence in political reporting, and the Ridenhour Courage Prize for the “fearless articulation of unpopular truths.”

He is a Trustee of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Press.

Mr. Herbert is also the author of “Promises Betrayed:  Waking Up from the American Dream” (Times Books, 2005).

Mr. Herbert is married and lives in Manhattan.