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Television Producer, Writer, Editor, New York

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 1998

Robert Kotlowitz was a television producer, documentary filmmaker, and writer. He is the author of five novels, all of which have a relationship to the city in which he was raised: Baltimore, Maryland. His novel Somewhere Else (1972) was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His other novels are Before Their Time (1997), His Master’s Voice (1992), Sea and Changes (1986), and The Boardwalk (1977).


Until 1982, Kotlowitz was Senior Vice President of WNET/THIRTEEN’s National Division, the largest public television producers in the United States. From 1967 until 1971 he was the managing editor of Harper’s, where from 1966 to 1970 he wrote a monthly column on the performing arts. From 1959 to 1964, he was senior editor at Show Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Esquire.


Kotlowitz died on August 25, 2012, in New York City.

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