Marilyn Berger

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Marilyn Berger Hewitt (born August 23, 1935), is an American broadcast and newspaper journalist and author. She worked for newspapers including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and hosted local television news programs in New York City.

Newspaper career

Berger worked as a foreign correspondent for Newsday on Long Island from 1965 to 1970. From there she moved on to The Washington Post, where she became a bit player in the Watergate Scandal. Berger reported that Richard Nixon White House staffer Ken Clawson had bragged to her about authoring the Canuck Letter, a forged letter to the editor of the Manchester Union Leader that played a large part in ending the campaign of Senator Edmund Muskie.[1] She also reported on the Cold War arms race and China.[2] She would later contribute to The New York Times.[3]


After leaving The Washington Post, Berger went to work for NBC News, where her duties included on-camera reporting at the 1976 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She hosted at the public television news program The Advocates, and was an anchor on the nightly news on public television station WNET in New York.[2]


In 2010 Berger wrote This is a Soul, covering the journey of Dr Rick Hodes into Africa to help sick children.[4]


Berger holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.[2] In April 1979 she married Don Hewitt, creator of 60 Minutes.[5] They remained married until his death in August 2009.[3] The couple had no children, but in 2009, right before Hewitt's death, the couple became the legal guardians of a young boy from Ethiopia.[3] Berger is the great aunt of Rob Fishman.


  1. ^ Woodward, Bob; Bernstein, Carl (10 October 1972). "FBI Finds Nixon Aides Sabotaged Democrats". The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c biography Harper Collins Publishers
  3. ^ a b c Dominus, Susan (12 April 2010). "A Sailor First Ventures to Motherhood at Age 73". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  4. ^ 'This Is a Soul: This Mission of Rick Hodes' by Marilyn Berger Saving Lives One at a Time Good Morning America Books, April 3rd 2010
  5. ^ Marilyn Berger, a Reporter, Wed to Don Hewitt of CBS April 22nd, 1979 (abstract)
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