May 15, 2008 08:00 ET
The Forward Appoints Jane Eisner, Veteran Journalist, as New Editor-In-Chief
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - The Forward, America's most influential Jewish
newsweekly, today announced it had nominated Jane Eisner as its new
Eisner, former editorial page editor and syndicated columnist at the
Philadelphia Inquirer, held numerous executive editorial and news positions
at the paper from 1980-2005. She is currently vice president for National
Programs and Initiatives at
the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Her column, "American Rhythms," syndicated to 100 newspapers, focused on
domestic social issues. Her tenure at the highly
respected Philadelphia daily also included stints as City Hall bureau chief
and as foreign correspondent.
Eisner has contributed articles to a number of Jewish publications
including The Reconstructionist, Ma'ayan, The Forward as well as Brookings
Review, Washington Post, Newsday and Columbia Journalism Review. Her TV
news experience includes serving as a regular panelist on "Inside Story,"
WPVI Philadelphia's Sunday television talk show. Eisner also
authored "Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our
In announcing her nomination, Forward Publisher Samuel Norich said, "After
an exhaustive search, we determined that Jane Eisner offers an ideal
combination of journalistic experience, civic vision and high regard for
the Forward's historic role. She has great ideas, insights and ambition
for the Forward's future and we're extremely excited to have her on board."
The Forward's previous Editor-In-Chief, J.J. Goldberg, stepped down to
write a book, but continues to serve as editorial director.
Eisner's nomination as editor-in-chief is expected to be approved in a
Forward Association meeting on Sunday, May 18.
"I'm honored to be part of a newspaper with such a grand journalistic and
literary tradition," Eisner said. "Building on that tradition and with the
help of such a talented and devoted staff, I believe that the Forward will
continue to be the most influential voice in the American Jewish community
and a force for social justice throughout the world."
Since 2002, Eisner has been a senior fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership
Program, University of Pennsylvania, as an adjunct professor in the
Political Science Department where she works with faculty, colleagues and
students to create new leadership programs.
An active community member, Eisner serves as trustee and secretary of The
Philadelphia Award, serves on the board of directors of the Jack M. Barrack
Hebrew Academy, and on the on the advisory committee of the National
Conference on Citizenship. She is also on regional council of the New
Israel Fund and a member of the Columbia School of Journalism Alumni Task
Eisner received a master's degree
from Columbia University's School of Journalism and graduated
from Wesleyan University cum laude in 1977, where she was the first female
editor of the college newspaper.
She currently resides in Merion, PA with her husband, Dr. Mark Berger, and
their three daughters.
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