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Katrina vanden Heuvel (born October 7, 1959), sometimes spelled Van Den Heuvel, is the editor, part-owner, and publisher of the magazine The Nation. She has been the magazine's editor since 1995. She is a frequent guest on numerous television programs. Vanden Heuvel is a self-described liberal.



"Katrina vanden Heuvel is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the Nation magazine, the oldest political-opinion weekly in the US, widely seen as the country's leading forum for progressive, leftist, dissident journalism. Vanden Heuvel has been associated with the iconic journal for her entire career, starting as an intern in 1980 before spending much of the next decade reporting from the Soviet Union on its reformist glasnost and perestroika movements."


Early life

Vanden Heuvel was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Jean Stein, a best-selling author and editor of the literary journal Grand Street, and William vanden Heuvel, an attorney, former US ambassador, member of John F. Kennedy's administration, businessman, and author. She has one sister and two step-siblings. Her maternal grandparents were Music Corporation of America founder Jules C. Stein and Doris Babbette Jones (originally Jonas). Through her maternal grandmother, vanden Heuvel is a distant cousin of actor/comedian George Jessel.[2]

Vanden Heuvel graduated from Trinity School in 1977.[3] Vanden Heuvel studied politics and history at Princeton University, writing her senior thesis on McCarthyism and serving as editor-in-chief of The Nassau Weekly. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1981.


"During her time at Princeton, she served as editor of the Nassau Weekly, a school publication, and had an internship at National Lampoon magazine in 1978." [1]

Vanden Heuvel worked as a production assistant at ABC Television. According to a Princeton alumni publication, during her junior year, she had already worked "as a The Nation intern for nine months after taking the 'Politics and the Press' course taught by Blair Clark, the magazine's editor from 1976 to 1978" and "returned to The Nation in 1984 as assistant editor for foreign affairs".

Vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation magazine. She is also an owner of The Nation, being one of a handful of investors brought together in 1995 by then-editor Victor Navasky in a for-profit partnership to buy the magazine — then losing US$500,000 a year more — from investment banker Arthur Carter. This group of investors included, among others, former Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman Alan Sagner, novelist E.L. Doctorow, actor Paul Newman, and Peter Norton, creator of the Norton Utilities software.

In 1989, vanden Heuvel was promoted to The Nation's editor-at-large position, responsible for its coverage of the USSR. In 1990, she co-founded Vyi i Myi ("You and We"), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women. In 1995, vanden Heuvel was made editor of The Nation.

Vanden Heuvel's blog ( is called "Editor's Cut".

Personal life

In 1988, vanden Heuvel married New York University Russian Studies Professor Stephen F. Cohen, an expert on the Soviet Union.[4] They have one daughter Nicola, born in 1991. The family resides in the Upper West Side section of the Manhattan borough of New York City.[5]


Vanden Heuvel is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her 2003 article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia," a report on the anti-abortion movement in that country. The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union", was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.

Vanden Heuvel has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Correctional Association and the Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She was the recipient of the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the Institute for Policy Studies, the World Policy Institute, the Correctional Association of New York, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.



  • Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev's Reformers 1990, co-authored with Stephen F. Cohen (ISBN 0-393-30735-2)
  • A Just Response: The Nation on Terrorism, Democracy, and September 11, 2001 2002, edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel (ISBN 1-56025-400-9)
  • Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right 2004, edited by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Robert Borosage (ISBN 1-56025-583-8)
  • Dictionary of Republicanisms: The Indispensable Guide to What They Really Mean When They Say What They Think You Want to Hear 2005 (ISBN 1-56025-789-X)

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