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Alumni Hall of Fame
William Safire '47

William Safire was a distinguished author, columnist, and speechwriter. After graduating from Bronx Science, Safire attended Syracuse University before working as a columnist at The New York Times. Safire spent his early career working as a U.S. Army correspondent and a speechwriter at the White House under the Nixon Administration. He was responsible for the 1959 Moscow Kitchen Debate between then Vice President Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Safire’s career at The New York Times began as a Washington-based political columnist in 1973. He was awarded the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for his distinguished commentary on the Bert Lance affair and wrote four novels and numerous books on writing and language. He was also the author of the long-running column “On Language,” which first appeared in The New York Times Magazine in 1979.



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