Gene Weingarten (born October 2, 1951) is a Washington Post columnist and American two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for both his serious and humorous work. Weingarten's column, Below the Beltway, is published weekly in the Washington Post Magazine and syndicated nationally by The Washington Post Writers Group, which also syndicates Barney & Clyde, a comic strip he co-authors.
Weingarten was born in New York City. He grew up in the West Bronx, the son of an IRS agent and a schoolteacher. His first newspaper job was with the Albany (N.Y.) Knickerbocker News, an afternoon daily that is now defunct. From there he went to the Detroit Free Press, and later The National Law Journal. From 1981 to 1990 he served as editor of the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine, Tropic, during which time he hired Dave Barry, giving one of America's best known humor columnists his big break. Tropic won two Pulitzer Prizes, including Barry's, during Weingarten's tenure.
Weingarten was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 1987–1988...
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