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Fred M. Hechinger
File:Fred M. Hechinger.jpg
Born (1920-07-07)July 7, 1920
Nuremberg, Germany
Died November 6, 1995(1995-11-06) (aged 75)
Citizenship American
Education DeWitt Clinton High School
Alma mater City College of New York
Spouse(s) Grace Bernstein
Awards George Polk Award

Fred M. Hechinger (July 7, 1920 Nuremberg, Germany - November 6, 1995 Manhattan) was an education editor at The New York Times from 1959 to 1990.


He came to the U.S. in 1936. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, in 1937. He completed his bachelor's degree at City College of New York. He served in the U.S. Army, during World War II.[1] He was a foreign correspondent, for the Overseas News Agency. He was an education writer for The Times of London, The New York Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and Harper's.[2] In 1950, he became education editor at The Herald Tribune.

He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, and Senior Advisor to the Carnegie Corporation of New York.[3]


He married Grace Bernstein; they had two sons, Paul D. Hechinger, John E. Hechinger.[4]


The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting was established by Education Writers Association.[5]

The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, was named for him.

The Fred M. Hechinger Education Journalism Award is awarded by the Columbia Journalism School.[6]

His papers are held at the Hoover Institution.[7]


  • 1989 George Polk Career Award
  • 1980 Foreign Language Advocate Award, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.[8]
  • 1952 James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education[9]
  • 1950 George Polk Award, Education Reporting
  • 1949 George Polk Award, Suburban Reporting



  1. "About Fred M. Hechinger". Hechinger Report. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  2. "Hechinger, Fred M. (Harper's Magazine)". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  3. "Fred M. Hechinger, 1920-1995". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. "Fred Hechinger, Education Editor and Advocate, Dies at 75", The New York Times, LAWRENCE VAN GELDER, November 7, 1995
  5. "Education Writers Association: Contests". 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. "The Daily Plan-it / Dean of Students Blog, Columbia J-school :: GRADUATION: Fred M. Hechinger Education Journalism Award :: April :: 2010". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  8. "The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award". Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  9. "The James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education". CASE. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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