Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Katrina vanden Heuvel (born October 7 1959) is the editor, part-owner, and publisher of the magazine "The Nation". She has been the magazine's editor since 1995 and a frequent guest on numerous television programs. Vanden Heuvel is a self described liberal.


Early life

Vanden Heuvel was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Jean Stein, a best-selling author and editor, and William vanden Heuvel, an attorney, former diplomat, businessman and author. Her maternal grandparents were Music Corporation of America founder Jules C. Stein and Doris Babbette Jones (originally Jonas). Through her maternal grandmother, vanden Heuvel is a distant cousin of actor/comedian George Jessel.cite book|last=McDougal|first=Dennis|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=The Last Mogul|publisher=Da Capo Press|date=2001|location=|pages=27|month=|url=http://books.google.ca/books?id=6XCIqw48uSwC&pg=PA27&dq="doris+babette+jones"&sig=pytAG1-uMWHIO2xVCxh1kIP5LGA|id=ISBN0306810506]

She graduated from Trinity School (New York City) in 1977. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE5DD1F3BF936A35751C1A96E948260&scp=1&sq=Katrina%20Vanden%20Heuvel%20Stephen%20Cohen&st=cse] Vanden Heuvel studied politics and history at Princeton University, writing her senior thesis on McCarthyism and serving as Editor-in-Chief of "The Nassau Weekly." She graduated "summa cum laude" from Princeton in 1981.


She worked as a production assistant at ABC Television. According to a Princeton alumni publication, during her Junior year she had already worked "as a "Nation" intern for nine months after taking the 'Politics and the Press' course taught by Blair Clark, the magazine's editor from 1976 to 1978" and "returned to The Nation in 1984 as assistant editor for foreign affairs."

Vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of "The Nation" magazine. She is also an owner of "The Nation", being one of a handful of investors brought together in 1995 by then-Editor Victor Navasky in a for-profit partnership to buy the magazine - then losing $500,000 a year more - from investment banker Arthur Carter. This group of investors included, among others, former Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman Alan Sagner, novelist E.L. Doctorow, actor Paul Newman and Peter Norton, creator of the Norton Utilities software.

In 1989, vanden Heuvel was promoted to "The Nation"'s editor-at-large position, responsible for its coverage of the USSR. In 1990 she co-founded "Vyi i Myi" ("You and We"), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women. She also did reporting for the "Moscow News". In 1995, vanden Heuvel was made editor of The Nation. She and Navasky moved aggressively to expand The Nation via radio, the Internet, books and other synergistic opportunities.

Vanden Heuvel's latest book is "Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right" (co-authored with Nation Contributing Editor Robert L. Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future); it is published by Nation Books.

She and her husband are co-editors of "Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers" (Norton, 1989) and editor of The Nation: 1865-1990, and the collection "A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy and September 11, 2001."

She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and ABC, as well as a weekly guest pundit on the John Batchelor Show, heard on WABC New York and KFI Los Angeles. Her articles have appeared in "The Washington Post", "The Los Angeles Times", "The New York Times" and "The Boston Globe."

Her weblog ( [http://www.thenation.com thenation.com] ) is called "Editor's Cut."

Personal life

In 1988, vanden Heuvel wed New York University Russian Studies Professor Stephen F. Cohen, an expert on the Soviet Union. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE5DD1F3BF936A35751C1A96E948260&scp=1&sq=Katrina%20Vanden%20Heuvel%20Stephen%20Cohen&st=cse] They have one daughter Nicola, born in 1991. The family resides in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City. [http://www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/?id=1029&IssueNum=56]


Vanden Heuvel is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia." The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union," was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of "Vyi i Myi", a Russian-language feminist newsletter.

She has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association and The Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She is also the recipient of The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and she also serves on the board of The Institute for Women's Policy Research, The Institute for Policy Studies, The World Policy Institute, The Correctional Association of New York and The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.


* "Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers" 1990, co-authored with Stephen F. Cohen (ISBN 0-393-30735-2)
* "A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy, and September 11, 2001" 2002, edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel (ISBN 1-56025-400-9)
* "Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right" 2004, edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Robert Borosage (ISBN 1-56025-583-8)
* "Dictionary of Republicanisms: The Indispensable Guide to What They Really Mean When They Say What They Think You Want to Hear" 2005 (ISBN 1-56025-789-X)


External links

* [http://www.thenation.com/directory/bios/katrina_vanden_heuvel "The Nation" Bio]
* [http://www.newsmeat.com/media_political_donations/Katrina_vanden_Heuvel.php Katrina vanden Heuvel's campaign contributions]
* [http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=78700 "Tomdispatch Interview: Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Media on Speed"] , April 20, 2006.
* [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katrina-vanden-heuvel/ vanden Heuvel's blog] at the Huffington Post
* [http://www.thenation.com/edcut/index.mhtml?bid=7 Katrina vanden Heuvel's blog "Editor's Cut" at The Nation magazine]

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