Art Buchwald

Art Buchwald



Art Buchwald (October 20, 1925 – January 17, 2007) was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post, which was syndicated to more than 550 newspapers worldwide. He wrote more than 4,000 columns during his career, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982.

Born in New York City, Buchwald was raised by his grandmother in a Jewish orphanage and attended several New York City public schools. After high school, Buchwald joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a combat correspondent during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Southern California and began writing for the student newspaper.

In 1950, Buchwald moved to Paris and began writing for the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune. His columns, which began as a weekly column in 1953, were extremely popular and were syndicated throughout Europe. In 1962, he returned to the United States and began writing his column for The Washington Post.

Buchwald’s column, which often featured satire and political commentary, was extremely popular and widely read. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for his commentary on politics and society. His column was syndicated to over 550 newspapers worldwide and was often quoted in newspapers and magazines.

Buchwald was also a prolific author, writing over 30 books in his lifetime. His books ranged from humorous stories about his life in Paris to more serious works about politics and social issues. He also wrote several children’s books, a Broadway play, and a screenplay for a movie.

Throughout his career, Buchwald was an active advocate for free speech and human rights. In the late 1960s, he became involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement and was an outspoken critic of the Nixon White House. He also worked with Amnesty International to raise awareness of human rights abuses around the world.

Buchwald was a beloved figure in the world of journalism and was honored with numerous awards. In 1982, he was inducted into the American Society of Newspaper Editors Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, in 2006.

Buchwald passed away in 2007 at the age of 81 after a long battle with kidney disease. He left behind a legacy of humorous and thought-provoking writing that continues to inspire readers today.


Oct. 20, 1925

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