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John  Herbers
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(November 4, 1923- ) Born in Memphis, Tennessee. Educated at Emory University, graduating in 1949. Began career at Greenwood, Mississippi, Morning Star and Jackson, Mississippi, Daily News. From 1953 to 1963 reported from Mississippi for United Press International. Joined staff of New York Times in 1963; covered civil rights, Congress, presidential campaigns, and urban affairs. Appointed Times assistant national editor in 1975, deputy Washington bureau chief in 1977, and national Washington correspondent in 1979; retired in 1987. His books include The Lost Priority: What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement in America? (1970), The Black Dilemma (1973), No Thank You, Mr. President (1976), and The New Heartland: America's Flight Beyond the Suburbs and How It Is Changing Our Future (1986).