KALB, MARVIN (1930– ), U.S. journalist. Born in New York City, Kalb graduated from the City College of New York. He earned a master's degree from Harvard and was completing studies for a doctorate in Russian history when he left in 1956 to accept a State Department appointment in Moscow. Kalb made his mark as a broadcast journalist, serving over a 30-year period as chief diplomatic correspondent for cbs News and nbc News and as moderator of the long-running Meet the Press. Among his many honors were two Peabody awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, and more than half a dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Kalb was the first director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, serving for 12 years. He also taught and lectured as the Edward R. Murrow Professor on Press and Politics. He left to be executive director of the institute's office in Washington, d.c., where he frequently led seminars addressing critical issues facing the business and practice of journalism. Kalb was also the host of a number of television series for the Public Broadcasting System, including Vox Populi, a four-part series on citizen attitudes toward government. He authored or co-authored seven nonfiction books, including Kissinger (1974), Roots of Involvement, The Nixon Memo (1994), and One Scandalous Story (2001), which dissects Washington journalism in the breaking of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, as well as two best-selling novels.
[Stewart Kampel (2nd ed.)]