Katrina vanden Heuvel

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Katrina vanden Heuvel
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Katrina vanden Heuvel, 2011
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Editor, publisher and entrepreneur
Spouse(s) Stephen F. Cohen (m. 1988)
Children Nicola (b. 1991)
Parent(s) Jean Stein and William vanden Heuvel
Relatives Jules and Doris Stein (maternal grandparents)

Katrina vanden Heuvel (/ˈvændənhvəl/; born October 7, 1959) is an American editor and publisher. She is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the magazine The Nation. She has been the magazine's editor since 1995. She is a frequent commentator on numerous political television programs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[1]

Early life

Vanden Heuvel was born in New York City, the daughter of Jean Stein, an heiress, best-selling author, and editor of the literary journal Grand Street, and William vanden Heuvel, an attorney, former US ambassador, member of John F. Kennedy's administration, businessman, and author. She has one sister and two step-siblings. Her maternal grandparents were Music Corporation of America founder Jules C. Stein and Doris Babbette Jones (originally Jonas). Through her maternal grandmother, vanden Heuvel is a distant cousin of actor and comedian George Jessel.[2] Her mother is Jewish and her father has Dutch and Belgian ancestry.

Vanden Heuvel graduated from the Trinity School in 1977.[3] She studied politics and history at Princeton University, writing her senior thesis on McCarthyism and serving as editor-in-chief of the Nassau Weekly. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1981.[2]


During her undergraduate years at Princeton, she served as editor of the Nassau Weekly, a school publication, and had an internship at National Lampoon magazine in 1978. She also worked as a production assistant at ABC television. According to a Princeton alumni publication, during her junior year, she had already worked "as a The Nation intern for nine months after taking the 'Politics and the Press' course taught by Blair Clark, the magazine's editor from 1976 to 1978" and "returned to The Nation in 1984 as assistant editor for foreign affairs".[2]

As an owner of The Nation, she is one of a group of investors brought together in 1995 by then-editor Victor Navasky in a for-profit partnership to buy the magazine  – which was then losing $500,000 a year  – from investment banker Arthur L. Carter. The investors included, among others, Paul Newman, E.L. Doctorow, Alan Sagner (former Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman), and Peter Norton (Norton Utilities software creator).[4]

In 1989, vanden Heuvel was promoted to The Nation's editor-at-large position, responsible for its coverage of the USSR. In 1990, she co-founded Vy i My (You and We), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women. In 1995, vanden Heuvel was made editor of The Nation. Her blog at The Nation is called "Editor's Cut". She writes an op-ed column for The Washington Post.[5]

In a 2005 interview with Theodore Hamm in The Brooklyn Rail, vanden Heuvel describes the contents of The Nation and its larger role in news media: "Ideas, policy, activism, reporting, investigative reporting, as well as cultural pieces, reviews, writing. I hope people understand that about a third of this magazine, every week, is a very well edited, fascinating, cultural section, featuring reviews to people’s of the big books as well as some of the under-appreciated, under-the-radar, independent books and films and art. But the main part of The Nation is to put on the agenda the ideas and views and news that might not otherwise be there, to comment—from our perspective—on the news of the week—and to provide strategies and some measure of hope in these times."[6]

She is the co-editor of Taking Back America – And Taking Down The Radical Right (Nation Books, 2004) and, most recently, editor of The Dictionary of Republicanisms (Nation Books, 2005). She co-edited (with her husband, Stephen F. Cohen) Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers (Norton, 1989) and editor of The Nation: 1865–1990, and the collection A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy and September 11, 2001. She is also a frequent commentator on American and international politics on ABC's This Week, as well as on MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Vanden Heuvel serves on the Institute for Policy Studies Board of Trustees.

Personal life

In 1988, vanden Heuvel married Stephen F. Cohen, a writer on the Soviet Union and a professor of Russian Studies at Princeton University for 30 years, subsequently at New York University.[7][8] They were married by Presbyterian minister and peace activist William Sloane Coffin in a non-denominational ceremony.[7] They have one daughter, Nicola, born in 1991. The family resides in the Upper West Side section of the Manhattan borough of New York City.[9]


Vanden Heuvel is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her 2003 article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia," a report on the pro-life movement in that country. The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union", was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.[citation needed]

Vanden Heuvel has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Correctional Association and the Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the NYCLU's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy.

She was the recipient of the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, the World Policy Institute, the Correctional Association of New York, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and previously served on the board of the Institute for Women's Policy Research.[10]


  • Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers (1990), co-authored with husband Stephen F. Cohen (ISBN 0-393-30735-2)
  • A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy, and September 11, 2001 (2002), edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel (ISBN 1-56025-400-9)
  • Taking Back America – And Taking Down the Radical Right (2004), edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Robert Borosage (ISBN 1-56025-583-8)
  • Dictionary of Republicanisms: The Indispensable Guide to What They Really Mean When They Say What They Think You Want to Hear (2005) by Katrina vanden Heuvel (ISBN 1-56025-789-X)
  • The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama. New York: Nation Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-56858-688-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

See also


  1. "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations". Cfr.org. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 McDougal, Dennis (2001). The Last Mogul. Da Capo Press. p. 27. ISBN 0-306-81050-6. Retrieved 2012-11-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Staff (1988-12-05). "Ms. vanden Heuvel Is Wed". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Deirdre Carmody (1995-01-14). "COMPANY NEWS; Editor in Deal for Nation Magazine". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Katrina vanden Heuvel Archive". The Washington Post. March 1, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Hamm, Theodore (December 2005). "Katrina vanden Heuvel in conversation with Theodore Hamm". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved April 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ms. vanden Heuvel Is Wed", nytimes.com; December 5, 1988.
  8. "Stephen F. Cohen profile". Russianslavic.as.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 'Peace, Quiet and a Frozen Dessert', New York Times, August 3, 2012; retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. Vanden Heuvel biography, The Nation; accessed April 9, 2014.

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