Robert Kuttner (SHS 1961)

Journalist, Editor, Commentator

Robert Kuttner is an example of what can happen if a person of principles holds tight to his beliefs.  He is one of those few people who functions well when the wind is in his face.   At both Scarsdale High School and Oberlin College there were those who found Kuttner over the top, caring too visibly and much, much too far to the left.

Long before founding and co-editing the American Prospect, the center of his intellectual life today, Kuttner had carved out a niche of responsible liberalism. First came his education. Kuttner graduated from Oberlin College, the University of California at Berkeley and the London School of Economics. Early on he served as Washington editor of the Village Voice, economics editor at the New Republic and a member of the national staff at the Washington Post. He also worked for the government, as chief investigator for a Senate committee on Banking, Housing and Urban affairs.

Over the years, Kuttner has returned again and again to the classroom, teaching at Harvard University, Brandeis, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts.
He also has been a presence on television and radio, appearing on Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio, Firing Line and Crossfire. He is the author of several books including Everything for Sale: the Virtues and Limits of Markets, The End of Laissez-Faire, and The Life of the Party.

Kuttner contributes articles regularly to a wide spectrum of magazines including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and the Harvard Business Review. For this writing and more, he has been honored. Kuttner received the Paul Hoffman Award for writing on the United Nations, the John Hancock Award “for excellence in business and financial journalism” and the Sidney Hillman Award

Kuttner authors an editorial column every Thursday in The American Prospect. That column is distributed and published in twenty major newspapers throughout the United States.