Bob Herbert, who recently left the New York Times after a long run as one of its leading columnists, spoke and received his medal at the second master's degree ceremony, also on May 17th. Herbert is the author of the 2005 book, Promises Betrayed: Waking up from the American Dream. Before joining the Times, he served as a city editor with The Newark Star-Ledger, held a number of positions with The Daily News and was also a television news commentator. The journalist T.A. Frank has called him "the only national columnist at a major newspaper who consistently writes about the issues in our country that matter most yet seem to be covered least." In 2007, Herbert served as moderator at TC's launch of its social studies curriculum "Teaching The Levees."
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