Norman Pearlstine (born October 4, 1942, in Philadelphia) is an
American editor and media executive, who held key positions at Time
Bloomberg L.P. and the Wall Street Journal.
1 Early life and education
6 External links
Early life and education
Pearlstine was born to a Jewish family and raised in
Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the son of Gladys (née Cohen) and Raymond
Pearlstine. His mother served as chairman of Montgomery County
Community College and his father was an attorney. He has two
sisters: Nancy P. Conger and literary agent Maggie Pearlstine
Hattersley (married to British politician Roy Hattersley). He
The Hill School
The Hill School and then received an AB in history from
Haverford College. He later obtained a law degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and later did postgraduate work at the
law school of Southern Methodist University.
Pearlstine worked for the
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal from 1968 to 1992,
except for a two-year period, 1978–1980, when he was an executive
editor for Forbes magazine. At the Journal, he served as a staff
reporter in Dallas, Detroit, and Los Angeles (1968–73); Tokyo bureau
chief (1973–76); managing editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal
(1976–78); national editor (1980–81); editor and publisher of The
Wall Street Journal/Europe (1982–83); managing editor (1983–91);
and executive editor (1991–92).
He was named as the interim president of the New-York Historical
Society in 1992.
After leaving the
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal he launched
SmartMoney and was
later the general partner of Friday Holdings (along with Barry Diller
Paramount Pictures chief Martin S. Davis), a multimedia investment
company, prior to succeeding
Jason McManus as editor in chief at Time
Inc. in 1995, the first outsider in the position. He was editor in
chief of Time Inc., where he served between January 1, 1995, and
December 31, 2005. At the end of his tenure, he was responsible for
the content of Time Inc.'s 154 publications, including Entertainment
Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports
Illustrated, and Time. Through 2006, he served as a senior adviser
to Time Warner.
Pearlstine was a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group's
telecommunications and media group in New York. Pearlstine
Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as chief content officer, a
newly created position. In that role Pearlstine was charged with
seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg’s television, radio,
magazine, and online products and to make the most of the company’s
news operations. Pearlstine also served as chairman of Bloomberg
Businessweek, the magazine
Bloomberg L.P. acquired fromMcGraw-Hill in
2009, and as co-chairman of Bloomberg Government, a web-based
subscription service devoted to coverage of the impact of government
actions on business, including legislation, regulation, and
In October 2013, Pearlstine returned to
Time Inc. as chief content
officer, a position similar to the one he held at Bloomberg. In
July 2017, he announced that he would be retiring from Time Inc.
In Feb. 2018, Pearlstine commented that Joshua Cooper Ramo’s South
Korea Comments Contain Important Pieces of Truth. The
following is a part of his comments.
"South Koreans are justifiably proud of the ways in which the
country’s growth reflects its own culture and history. In recent
years, South Korea has also learned from other countries, including
the U.S. and, increasingly, China. But Ramo was right to note how much
South Korea leaned from Japan."
Pearlstine has been married four times. During college, he married
Charlene Pearlstine; they divorced while he was in law school. In
1973, he married Adele Wilson, a schoolteacher. In 1988, he married
Nancy Friday; they divorced in 2005. In 2005, he married his
fourth wife, Jane Boon, an industrial engineer.
In January 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors named
Pearlstine the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and
inducted him into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He was
honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished
Business and Financial Journalism in 2000. He received the
National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award in 1989.
Pearlstine serves on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, and the
Watson Institute for International Relations. He serves on the
advisory board of the City University of New York’s Graduate School
of Journalism, and he is co-chairman of the Center on Communication
Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School of Communications.
He previously served on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation,
and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also a member of the
Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006 to 2011, Pearlstine served
as president and CEO of the American Academy Berlin.
Pearlstine was briefly part of the controversy surrounding Matthew
Cooper when, after the United States Supreme Court refused to review
adverse lower court decisions, he gave Cooper's notes to the
independent prosecutor investigating the outing of
Valerie Plame as a
covert agent of the CIA. From this experience, Pearlstine wrote a
book entitled Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War
over Anonymous Sources for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was published
in hardcover in June 2007, and in soft cover in June 2008.
^ a b c Gross, Michael (January 1995). "A Perfect Day for Banana
Feet". Esquire. He was born in 1942 and raised in tiny Collegeville,
Pennsylvania, one of several children in the only Jewish family in
^ Silbiger, Steve (May 25, 2000). The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to
the Enduring Wealth of a People. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 191.
^ Whitfield, Stephen J. (1997). American Space, Jewish Time.
Routledge. p. 135. ISBN 9781315479569.
^ Silver, Rabbi Samuel (November 24, 1999). "Hebrew by the Byte".
Jewish Post Indianapolis.
^ a b c Times Herald: "Obituaries for July 11 2007 - Gladys
Pearlstine" July 11, 2007
^ Richard Kay "
Roy Hattersley remarries at age of 81: Labour peer weds
long-time companion in low-key summer ceremony", dailymail.co.uk, 8
^ a b Jewish Business News: "
Norman Pearlstine Goes Back In Time"
November 5, 2013
^ "Historical Society Names Leader". New York Times. October 2, 1992.
Retrieved 2014-08-08. Mr. Pearlstine, who has been chairman of the
Historical Society since April 1989, is to head a search committee to
replace Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, who retired yesterday after four
years as president. ...
^ Turner, Richard (November 27, 1995). "The Pearlstine Shuffle". New
^ a b News Bios
^ "Norman Pearlstine, Senior Advisor". Carlyle Team. Archived from the
original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
^ Carlyle bio Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Bloomberg Press Release
^ "Norman Pearlstine". Bloomberg Link. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
^ Corinne, Grinapol (July 10, 2017). "
Norman Pearlstine Is Retiring
Time Inc. - The last day for the vice chairman and former CCO is
July 17". Adweek.
^ Boren, Cindy (2018-02-12). "NBC analyst who angered Koreans was
hired only for Opening Ceremonies". Washington Post.
ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
^ "Commentary: Joshua Cooper Ramo's South Korea Comments Contain
Important Pieces of Truth". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
Nancy Friday Weds Norman Pearlstine". New York Times. July 12,
^ Connelley, Julie (April 3, 1995). "The Trophy Wife is Back - With
brains No Longer Just A Walking Testament to Her Husband's Virility,
Today's Trophy Must Be An Intellectual Companion As Well".
^ "Jane Boon and Norman Pearlstine". New York Times. April 24,
^ ASME Lifetime Achievement Award
^ Loeb Lifetime Award Winners Archived 2011-01-05 at the Wayback
^ Carnegie appointment
^ Time.com page on the Cooper case
^ Book description
Appearances on C-SPAN
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