(Aug. 5, 1922-Apr. 28, 1979). Columnist and managing editor of the, Irving (Leibo) Leibowitz was a native of New York City and son of Romanian immigrants. He attended public schools and Bordentown Military Institute before enrolling in New York University. During World War II, he was a U.S. Army combat correspondent and photographer in North Africa, Italy, and France, for which he received the Bronze Star.
Following a brief stint at small newspapers in Virginia and Ohio, “Leibo,” as he became known in the profession, joined thein 1948 as a reporter and introduced his column “Hoosier Headlines” in 1951. He served as a columnist (1951-1961), assistant managing editor (1954-1960), and managing editor (1960-1965) until the ceased publication. Leibowitz became the editor of the in 1966 and turned that paper into one of Ohio’s most aggressive newspapers.
Leibowitz is known for his book,(1964), a tribute to his adopted state consisting of a collection of stories and essays about Indiana history, personalities, and culture. Leibowitz served as president of the and the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also was a member of the board of directors of the and founder of the Indiana Press Institute at Indiana University.
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