From Kristallnacht to Watergate

Memoirs of a Newspaperman by Harry Rosenfeld

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Harry Rosenfeld was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1929 and emigrated with his father, mother an sister to America ten years later. He has spent his working life as a newspaperman--editor, war correspondent, columnist.

Harry Rosenfeld began his career as a clerk at The New York Herald Tribune, where he rose to become Managing Editor of the paper's news service and then Foreign Editor of the paper itself.

When the Trib folded, Rosenfeld joined The Washington Post where as Metro Editor he oversaw Woodward and Bernstein in their Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of Watergate. While the Post's Foreign Editor, he served as a correspondent in South Vietnam in 1969. In his time at the Post, he also directed the national staff and oversaw the Sunday Outlook opinion section and Book World.

Rosenfeld left the Post after 12 years to head two Hearst newspapers in Albany, New York, in 1978–the morning Times Union and the afternoon Knickerbocker News. In 1985 he also served simultaneously as editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. For many years he wrote a syndicated weekly column.

Rosenfeld was chosen four times as a Pulitzer juror and was elected to 12 terms as vice chairman of the New York State Conference on Fair Trial/​Free Press.

Syracuse University's College of Liberal Arts honored him with its first Distinguished Alumni Award. The Anti-Defamation League cited his Watergate work with its First Amendment Award as did the Associated Press with its Freedom of Information Award.

He graduated from New York's Stuyvesant High School and Syracuse University. Rosenfeld undertook graduate studies in public policy and international relations at Columbia University. He served in the Army as a military historian in the Korean War.

Rosenfeld retired in 1998, but continues to serve as a consultant to the Times Union and sits on its editorial board as Editor-at-Large.

He married Anne Hahn in 1953. They reside in Albany and have three daughters and seven grandchildren.