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|Katrina vanden Heuvel|
Katrina vanden Heuvel, 2011
October 7, 1959|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Occupation||Editor, publisher and entrepreneur|
|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 (; born October 7, 1959) is an American editor and publisher. She is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the progressive magazine The Nation and has been the magazine's editor since 1995. She is often a commentator on various political television programs.
Vanden Heuvel is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a US nonprofit think tank.
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. Her mother is of Jewish descent and her father is of Dutch and Belgian ancestry.
Vanden Heuvel graduated from the Trinity School in 1977. She studied politics and history at Princeton University. During her undergraduate years, she served as an editor and eventually as editor-in-chief of the Nassau Weekly, a school publication, and had an internship at National Lampoon magazine in 1978. Vanden Heuvel wrote her senior thesis on McCarthyism, and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1981, after which she worked as a production assistant at ABC for two years.
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By the end of her junior year, vanden Heuvel had already worked for nine months as an intern at The Nation, after "taking the 'Politics and the Press' course taught by Blair Clark, the magazine's editor from 1976 to 1978," returning to the magazine in 1984 to serve as the foreign affairs assistant editor.
By 1995, The Nation was losing $500,000 year, and its editor Victor Navasky brought van den Heuvel together with other investors in a for-profit partnership to buy the magazine (from investment banker Arthur L. Carter). The investors included vanden Heuvel, Paul Newman, E.L. Doctorow, Alan Sagner (former Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman), Peter Norton (Norton Utilities software creator) and others.
"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.
With her husband, Stephen F. Cohen, vanden Heuvel edited Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers (Norton, 1989). She also edited the compilation volume, The Nation: 1865–1990.[when?][verification needed]
In 1990, vanden Heuvel co-founded, and as of this date,[when?] co-edits Vy i My (You and We), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women, and elsewhere described as a Russian-language feminist newsletter.
She was editor for the collection, A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy and September 11, 2001.[when?] and co-edited Taking Back America – And Taking Down the Radical Right (Nation Books, 2004), and, more recently, edited The Dictionary of Republicanisms (Nation Books, 2005).
She also 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.[verification needed][self-published source?]
Vanden Heuvel was awarded Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her 2003 article "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia," a report on the pro-life movement in that country. She won the NYCLU's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy and the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's "Voices of Peace" award in 2003.
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. They were married by Presbyterian minister and peace activist William Sloane Coffin in a non-denominational ceremony. They have one daughter, Nicola, born in 1991. As of 2013, her family made their residence on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (in New York City).