Russell Baker

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Russell Baker is an American writer best known for his satirical commentary and comedic prose. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his "Observer" columns in The New York Times, and won his second Pulitzer three years later for his autobiography, Growing Up. Throughout his distinguished career Baker also edited Russell Baker's Book of American Humor, released in 1993, and hosted the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre from 1993 to 2004.

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October 1993

Is the kind of humor popular today another symptom of the general erosion of civil discourse? Maybe, says a man who has spent a good deal of his life being funny; but more likely it’s just a vigorous breeze from the American frontier.

Winter 2008

The late David Halberstam was a journalist, heart and soul, with a distinctive way of writing history