Joseph Berger, a prize-winning reporter, editor and columnist at The New York Times for more than 30 years, has been added to the Silurians’ Board of Governors. Berger, whose work focused on education, religion and the ethnic and cultural richness of New York City, retired in 2014, but continues to contribute regularly to The Times. He also teaches urban affairs at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College. Prior to joining the Times in 1984, Berger wrote about religion at Newsday, then moved to The New York Post, covering such assignments as the 1973 Middle East War and Watergate.
He is the author of several books, including “The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York”; “The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles in America”; and “Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust,” a highly acclaimed memoir about his family’s experience as refugees in the 1950s and 1960s. He is currently working on a biography of Elie Wiesel that is scheduled for publication in 2019.
Berger’s honors include the Supple Award, the Religion Newswriters Association’s highest, bestowed on him three years running, and the Silurians’ Peter Kihss Award, which he received in 2011. Worthy of note too, is Berger’s experience running two speakers series: at the 92d Street Y and at the Mid-Westchester Jewish Community Center, where he has engaged such notables as Edward Koch, Mort Zuckerman, Cynthia Ozick, Jeffrey Toobin, Martin Fletcher and Gary Rosenblatt.