Dov Alfon (Hebrew: דב אלפון) (born 1961) is an Israeli
journalist and editor. He was the chief editor of Kinneret Zmora-Bitan
Dvir, Israel's largest publishing house. From 2008 to 2011, he was
editor in chief of Haaretz, one of the most respected newspapers in
the world. He is currently the CEO of Storyvid.io, a
non-profit cultural venture aiming to bridge between literature and
new media. He is also the editor in chief of Alaxon, an Hebrew
digital journal for Science and the Arts.
2 Media career
Dov Patrick Alfon was born in
Sousse 1961. He grew up in Paris. He
published his first short story at the age of nine in the comics
weekly Spirou while attending the College Henry IV in the fifth
arrondissement. On his 11th birthday, the family immigrated to
Israel. They settled in Ashdod, where he studied at the Rogozin Makif
Guimel secondary school. He later wrote about his childhood in a
short autobiographical piece, "The Civilization Teacher." He did
his military service in the technological intelligence unit of the
In 1983, Alfon began writing for "Pi Ha'aton," the student newspaper
of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Less than a year later, he was
invited by Tom Segev and Nahum Barnea to join a new journalistic
venture, the political weekly "Koteret Rashit."
Alfon joined Ha'aretz in 1989, where he wrote a weekly column, "Kivun
Harouah", about the relations between culture and money. He was
appointed editor of the cultural page in 1992, turning it to the daily
section "Galleria". He launched several new journalistic formats for
Haaretz along the years  among them "Captain Internet", a weekly
column supposedly written by a fictive grandfather investigating the
new medium (1994), "The Marker Magazine", a business monthly (2001)
and the re-designed
Haaretz Weekend Magazine, where he was editor from
1992 to 1998.
Dov Alfon was chief editor of the Kinneret-Zmora_Bitan publishing
house (2004–2008) and hosted "Nispah Tarbut", a weekly cultural show
on Israel's Channel 2 television (2002–2007).
He was appointed editor in chief of
Haaretz on May 1, 2008, serving in
this position until 2011.
In 2008, he published a special issue of the newspaper where leading
authors replaced the newspaper reporters for a day. The experiment
drew extensive coverage worldwide.
He is co-editor, with writer Etgar Keret, of a new international
cultural venture aiming to mix literature and cinema in a new
Recipient of the Peace Through Media Award 2011 from the International
Council for Press and Broadcasting, London 
Jury chairman, Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in
Society, 2009 (awarded to Haruki Murakami)
Ophir Prize nominee for best TV Cultural show (with editor Irit
Dolev), 2005, 2006, 2008
Gold Medal in the magazine category from the American Illustrators
Society (1997, with Israeli artist Hanoch Piven).
Editor of the Year Award, the Israeli Press Association (1994, 1996)
^ Center for Research Libraries: About Haaretz
^ "Aluf Benn named new editor-in-chief of Haaretz". Haaretz. Retrieved
on 1 August 2011.
Etgar Keret and journalist and editor
Dov Alfon have started
a new initiative called storyvid" The
Paris Review January 13, 2013.
^ Interview with
Dov Alfon in David Remnik: "The Future of Israeli
Newspaper Haaretz" The New Yorker, Feb 28, 2011
Dov Alfon on Linkedin
^ "The First 75 Years: The very best from Haaretz", an anthology
edited by Yehoshua Knaz, Schocken Press, 1990
^ Annette Levy-Willard: "Dov Alfon, L'Agora d'Israel"", in
Liberation,July 31, 2010
^ See for example articles in The New Yorker, The Guardian, in The
Forward, AFP, Freakonomics and hear an interview with
Dov Alfon on NPR