Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine
Born Norman Pearlstine
(1942-10-04) October 4, 1942
Nationality American
Education A.B. Haverford College
J.D. University of Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Charlene Pearlstine (divorced)
Adele Wilson (divorced)
Nancy Friday (divorced)
Jane Boon
Parent(s) Gladys Cohen Pearlstine
Raymond Pearlstine
Family Roy Hattersley (brother-in-law)

Norman Pearlstine (born October 4, 1942, in Philadelphia) is the executive editor of The Los Angeles Times. He's an American editor and media executive, who has previously held key positions at Time Inc., Bloomberg L.P. and the Wall Street Journal.

Early life and education

Pearlstine was born and raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the son of Gladys (née Cohen) and Raymond Pearlstine.[1] His mother served as chairman of Montgomery County Community College and his father was an attorney.[1] He has two sisters: Nancy P. Conger and literary agent Maggie Pearlstine Hattersley[1] (married to British politician Roy Hattersley).[2] He graduated from The Hill School and then received an AB in history from Haverford College.[3] He later obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania[3] and later did postgraduate work at the law school of Southern Methodist University.


Pearlstine worked for the Wall Street Journal from 1968 to 1992, except for a two-year period, 1978–1980, when he was an executive editor for Forbes magazine. At the Journal, he served as a staff reporter in Dallas, Detroit, and Los Angeles (1968–73); Tokyo bureau chief (1973–76); managing editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal (1976–78); national editor (1980–81); editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal/Europe (1982–83); managing editor (1983–91); and executive editor (1991–92).

He was named as the interim president of the New-York Historical Society in 1992.[4]

After leaving the Wall Street Journal he launched SmartMoney and was later the general partner of Friday Holdings (along with Richard Rainwater, Barry Diller and Paramount Pictures chief Martin S. Davis), a multimedia investment company, prior to succeeding Jason McManus as editor in chief at Time Inc. in 1995, the first outsider in the position.[5] He was editor in chief of Time Inc., where he served between January 1, 1995,[6] and December 31, 2005.

Pearlstine was a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group's telecommunications and media group in New York.[7][8] Pearlstine then joined Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as chief content officer, a newly created position.[9] In that role Pearlstine was charged with seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg’s television, radio, magazine, and online products and to make the most of the company’s news operations. Pearlstine also served as chairman of Bloomberg Businessweek, the magazine Bloomberg L.P. acquired from McGraw-Hill in 2009, and as co-chairman of Bloomberg Government, a web-based subscription service devoted to coverage of the impact of government actions on business, including legislation, regulation, and contracts.[10]

In October 2013, Pearlstine returned to Time Inc. as chief content officer, a position similar to the one he held at Bloomberg.[11] In July 2017, he announced that he would be retiring from Time Inc.[12]

On June 18, 2018, Pearlstine was named executive editor of The Los Angeles Times by owner Patrick Soon-Shiong.[13]


Pearlstine has been married four times. During college, he married Charlene Pearlstine; they divorced while he was in law school.[14] In 1973, he married Adele Wilson, a schoolteacher.[14] In 1988, he married Nancy Friday;[15] they divorced in 2005.[16] In 2005, he married Jane Boon, an industrial engineer.[17]


In January 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors named Pearlstine the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.[18] He was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 2000.[19] He received the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award in 1989.

Pearlstine serves on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, and the Watson Institute for International Relations. He serves on the advisory board of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and he is co-chairman of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School of Communications. He previously served on the boards of the Carnegie Corporation,[20] and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[21] From 2006 to 2011, Pearlstine served as president and CEO of the American Academy Berlin.[22]

Pearlstine was briefly part of the controversy surrounding Matthew Cooper when, after the United States Supreme Court refused to review adverse lower court decisions, he gave Cooper's notes to the independent prosecutor investigating the outing of Valerie Plame as a covert agent of the CIA.[23] From this experience, Pearlstine wrote a book entitled Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


  1. 1 2 3 Times Herald: "Obituaries for July 11 2007 - Gladys Pearlstine" July 11, 2007
  2. Richard Kay "Roy Hattersley remarries at age of 81: Labour peer weds long-time companion in low-key summer ceremony",, 8 October 2013
  3. 1 2 Jewish Business News: "Norman Pearlstine Goes Back In Time" November 5, 2013
  4. "Historical Society Names Leader". New York Times. October 2, 1992. Retrieved 2014-08-08. Mr. Pearlstine, who has been chairman of the Historical Society since April 1989, is to head a search committee to replace Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, who retired yesterday after four years as president. ...
  5. Turner, Richard (November 27, 1995). "The Pearlstine Shuffle". New York Magazine.
  6. News Bios
  7. "Norman Pearlstine, Senior Advisor". Carlyle Team. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  8. Carlyle bio Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. Bloomberg Press Release
  10. "Norman Pearlstine". Bloomberg Link. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  12. Corinne, Grinapol (July 10, 2017). "Norman Pearlstine Is Retiring From Time Inc. - The last day for the vice chairman and former CCO is July 17". Adweek.
  13. 1 2 Gross, Michael (January 1995). "A Perfect Day for Banana Feet". Esquire. He was born in 1942 and raised in tiny Collegeville, Pennsylvania, one of several children in the only Jewish family in town
  14. "Nancy Friday Weds Norman Pearlstine". New York Times. July 12, 1988.
  15. Connelley, Julie (April 3, 1995). "The Trophy Wife is Back - With brains No Longer Just A Walking Testament to Her Husband's Virility, Today's Trophy Must Be An Intellectual Companion As Well". Fortune.
  16. "Jane Boon and Norman Pearlstine". New York Times. April 24, 2005.
  17. ASME Lifetime Achievement Award
  18. Loeb Lifetime Award Winners Archived 2011-01-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. Carnegie appointment
  21. page on the Cooper case
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