Clyde Haberman signs out at NYT

Clyde Haberman of the New York Times has written what he calls his “Thirty Column,” so called for his college days when graduating editors were given 30 column inches to write their final column.

Haberman did not say why his popular column “NYC” was being discontinued after 16 years. “Decisions were made. Let’s leave it at that,” he quipped. “My goal was simply to make a desperate stab at explaining the maze called New York City.” Haberman said of his column.

Haberman has been a columnist for The Times’s since 1995, when he returned to New York City after nearly 13 years as a foreign correspondent. His column appeared twice a week and his interests include anything and everything New York – politics, theater, baseball, the high life, the lowlifes.

While most found him crusty, others enjoyed his dry humor. He once wrote a humorous piece that mentioned the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. After the 9/11 attacks, there were expressions of love for New York all over the country. This seemed unnatural to Haberman, so he wrote that it was fine for people to hate New York again, giving readers a much-needed lift.

Before joining The Times foreign staff in 1982, Haberman was a staff reporter. During his years abroad, Haberman was based in Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem covering such events as the collapse of Communism, the Persian Gulf War and the spread of militant Islamic terrorism, along with other major events. He also worked at the New York Post in the earlier part of his career.

In 2009 he was part of a Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the prostitution scandal that led to the resignation of Eliot Spitzer as New York governor. His columns frequently exposed hypocrisy and unfairness on the part of those in power.

It is a newspaper custom to put -30- at the end of a column to signify that there isn’t any more. Haberman signed-off his final column in the traditional way with -30-.

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  2 comments for “Clyde Haberman signs out at NYT

  1. April 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The Times is out of touch with reality…..two reasons to read the Times were Mr Haberman and Mr Edward Rothstein and now there is one….the editorials are written by someone who has no idea as to what is happening in this world, it is said, the editorial writer resides on the East Side of First Avenue and 28th street, can anyone confirm.

  2. Matt
    April 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I think it is pretty pathetic of the NY Times to end a column that people in NY counted on reading every week. That column has been a staple of NYC for 16 years and like Clyde said “the powers that be” really screwed up this time. It is no wonder why the NY Times is losing readers at an alarming rate. Becuase of their stupidity the “powers that be” have just lost another faithful subscriber of over 20 years. I have spoke with people that say the Times is heading in a downward spiral to its end and now I see why. I wish Clyde the best of luck in his new and exciting endeavors and only the richest of successes.

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