About Timothy Robert Noah
Timothy Robert Noah (born 1958) is an American journalist. He is a senior editor of The New Republic, where he writes the TRB column. Noah is also a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly and a frequent commentator on CBS News' Sunday Morning. In 2010 Noah was a National Magazine Award finalist in the online news reporting category for his coverage of the health care reform bill, and for a decade he wrote Slate's "Chatterbox" column.
Early life and career
Noah is the son of Marian Jane (née Swentor) and Robert M. Noah, a television producer. His father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant, and he describes himself as an atheist. He is a graduate of Harvard College, from which he obtained a degree in English in 1980, and where he was on the prose board of the Harvard Advocate. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Noah was an assistant managing editor at U.S. News and World Report, a Washington reporter for the Wall Street Journal, a staff writer at The New Republic and a congressional correspondent for Newsweek. Prior to rejoining the New Republic after a 29-year hiatus, Noah was for 12 years a senior writer at Slate.
In April 2012 Noah published a book, The Great Divergence, about income inequality in the United States, the subject of a ten-part series that he published in Slate in September 2010. The series won the 2011 Hillman Prize in the magazine category. Writing on Page One of the New York Times Book Review, the Harvard economist Benjamin Friedman called the book "as fair and comprehensive a summary as we are likely to get of what economists have learned about our growing inequality." The book also won praise from Nicholas Lemann in the New Yorker, Andrew Hacker in the New York Review of Books, and William Julius Wilson in the Nation.
In a February 2003 article in Slate, Noah described his initial opposition to the Iraq War and his conversion to the pro-war position by Colin Powell's February 3 speech to the United Nations. After many of Powell's statements were proven false, Noah changed his mind again about the war, praising those who had remained steadfastly against it in an August 2004 column. After that, he became an outspoken critic of the media's ongoing tendency to grant credibility to war boosters, while discounting the views of those who opposed the war from the start.
Noah's late wife, fellow journalist Marjorie Williams, died of cancer in 2005. After her death, Noah edited an anthology of Williams' writing, The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate. The book won PEN's Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction and a National Magazine Award in the category of essays and criticism. A second Williams anthology, Reputation: Portraits in Power was published in October 2008. Noah has two teenage children.
Noah's nephew is Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
Selected appearances on CBS News's Sunday Morning
"Ban the Benjamins!," April 3, 2011
"The Great Divergence" October 24, 2010
"Why the Filibuster Deserves No Respect," March 14, 2010
"Celebrity Commencements," May 24, 2009
"Let Us Now 'Change' The Campaign Rhetoric," Sept. 7, 2008