The purpose of the Herman Klurfeld Memorial Scholarship is to identify and reward an outstanding junior journalism major, one who best represents the goals and mission of the School of Journalism and who demonstrates great potential to succeed as a professional journalist upon graduation.
The scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Klurfeld family. Professor James Klurfeld is a member of the School of Journalism faculty, a Newsday columnist and a former editorial page editor at Newsday.
For more than two decades Herman Klurfeld was one of the most influential newspapermen in America, although his name was largely invisible to the public.
Klurfeld was the chief writer for Walter Winchell, whose column appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s and whose Sunday radio broadcast was heard by millions of Americans. In his role as Winchell’s assistant, Klurfeld wrote several columns a week peppered with items ranging from the colorful exploits of Broadway personalities to the emerging threat of Adolph Hitler. He later wrote biographies of Winchell and journalist Drew Pearson.
Long into his eighties, Herman Klurfeld was still a compelling storyteller, regaling friends, family and visitors with his accounts of the famous, the powerful and of the power of words.