Bruce Kluger

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Born (1956-11-15) November 15, 1956 (age 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationBachelor of Arts degree
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Occupation
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Book
  • Author
Years active1981-present
Relatives
  • Steve Kluger (brothers)
  • Jeffrey Kluger (brothers)
  • Garry Kluger (brothers)
Websitebrucekluger.com

Bruce Kluger (born November 15, 1956) is an American writer, editor and book author, whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and websites since 1981. Formerly an actor and an editor of Playboy magazine, he has been a member of the Board of Contributors at USA Today, a satirical commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, a founding blogger at HuffPost, and a co-author or collaborator on celebrity book projects, including those of Marlo Thomas and Nas Daily creator Nuseir Yassin.[1][2][3][4][5]

Education and early life

Kluger was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the youngest of four brothers, who include novelist and playwright Steve Kluger, author and Time magazine columnist Jeffrey Kluger and playwright Garry Kluger. He is also the nephew of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger. He graduated from Pikesville High School in 1974, and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978.

Actor and playwright

In 1979, Kluger relocated to New York City, where he wrote and co-produced the off-Broadway musical Ka-Boom!, with music by composer Joe Ercole, and direction by Godspell co-creator John-Michael Tebelak.[6][7] The show opened on November 20, 1980, at the Carter Theatre in Times Square, and ran for 70 performances and 16 previews.[8] Over the next six years, Kluger worked predominantly as a movie and television actor, appearing in the films The Burning[9], Diner[10], and Playing for Keeps[11] and on the situation comedy series Diff'rent Strokes.[12]

Writing and publishing

From 1986 to 1999, Kluger worked as an editor at Playboy magazine, where, among other non-fiction assignments, he co-edited the renowned Playboy Interview, and wrote the text for hundreds of feature pieces and pictorials, including the recurring Playmate of the Month and "Women of..." features.[13][14][15][16][17] Among the writers Kluger edited while at Playboy were Jimmy Breslin, David Sheff, Carl Sagan, Claudia Dreifus, and Playboy Executive Editor Barry Golson. Along with Golson, Kluger edited the newsmaking Playboy Interview with Jessica Hahn, the church secretary at the center of the 1987 PTL/Jim Bakker scandal. While at Playboy, Kluger also appeared as a regular correspondent on the E! Entertainment channel's popular series, The Gossip Show.[18]

After leaving Playboy in 1999, Kluger embarked on a freelance writing career, where he began contributing articles and opinion essays to dozens of publications, including, among others, The New York Times[19], The Los Angeles Times[20],The Chicago Tribune[21], The Boston Globe[22], Psychology Today[23], Time Out (magazine)[24], and George (magazine), where he worked with the magazine's founder, John F. Kennedy, Jr., on Kennedy's monthly celebrity interviews. [25]By then a new father, Kluger was hired as a Contributing Editor of Parenting (magazine)[26], a children's video and DVD reviewer for Us Weekly magazine[27], and a columnist for Nick Jr. and the Sesame Workshop.[28][29][30]

In 2000, Kluger began collaborating with writer David Slavin, with whom he created political and cultural satire for, among others, NPR's All Things Considered[31], The Los Angeles Times[32], and Salon (the latter of which introduced Kluger and Slavin's biting "Memo to George" series during the administration of George W. Bush).[33] Kluger and Slavin also co-wrote the satirical children's books Young Dick Cheney: Great American, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, 21st Century Edition and Dog on the Roof: On the Road With Mitt and the Mutt, the latter an imagined chronicle of the infamous 1983 Mitt Romney dog incident[34]. In 2009, along with writer David Tabatsky, Kluger created the book Dear President Obama, a collection of children's letters written to newly elected president Barack Obama[35]. The book's foreword was written by journalist and Nickelodeon children's news anchor Linda Ellerbee.

Beginning in 2001, Kluger began working with actress/author/activist Marlo Thomas on her book projects. Among the bestselling Thomas books Kluger edited were The Right Words at the Right Time (two volumes, 2002 and 2006), Thanks & Giving: All Year Long (2004), Growing Up Laughing (Thomas' memoir, 2010), It Ain't Over Till It's Over (2014), and What Makes a Marriage Last (2020), which Thomas co-authored with her husband, Phil Donahue. The CD version of Thanks & Giving, for which Kluger served as Associate Producer, won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.[36]

In 2019, Kluger co-authored Around the World in 60 Seconds with Nas Daily creator Nuseir Yassin, which recounted Yassin's 1000-day journey around the globe.[37]

In the media

              

References

  1. "Can Playboy be Playboy without nudes? A former editor weighs in. CBC Radio".
  2. "Bruce Kluger, Board of Contributors, USA Today".
  3. "Newspaper Guild Asks Writers to Boycott Huffington Post".
  4. "NPR stories by Bruce Kluger".
  5. "Around the World in 60 Seconds: The Nas Daily Journey―1, 000 Days. 64 Countries. 1 Beautiful Planet.: Yassin, Nuseir, Kluger, Bruce: 9780062932679: Amazon.com: Books".
  6. "Ka-Boom! - 1980 Off-Broadway - Creative Team".
  7. "John Michael Tebelak Music Theatre International".
  8. "Off-Broadway Musicals since 1919: From Greenwich Village Follies to The ... - Thomas S. Hischak - Google Books".
  9. "The Burning, cast list".
  10. "Diner, cast list".
  11. "Playing for Keeps, cast list".
  12. "Diff'rent Strokes, "The Peacemaker," cast list".
  13. "The Washington Post, Reliable Source, Bruce Kluger, Editor of The Playboy Interview".
  14. "Trump Tried To Pimp His Staff To Playboy – America Could Be Next (VIDEO) - Liberal America".
  15. "Donald Trump Reportedly Wanted His Women Staffers to Pose Nude for Playboy".
  16. "Dave's Gone By Interview (12/31/17): BRUCE KLUGER".
  17. "Bruce Kluger, MERCY NO! SCHOOL SAYS PLAYBOY HAS MERCER ALL WRONG - Chicago Tribune".
  18. "E!'s The Gossip Show (January 19, 1997)".
  19. "Bruce Kluger in The New York Times".
  20. "Bruce Kluger in The Los Angeles Times".
  21. "Amid Clinton-Wallace babble, 2 words get lost - Bruce Kluger - Chicago Tribune".
  22. "Reality TV pushes Kerry's 'chief of stuff' into the limelight - Bruce Kluger - The Boston Globe".
  23. "Bruce Kluger articles, Psychology Today".
  24. "Charles Rangel, The feisty septuagenarian lawmaker is ready to rumble, by Bruce Kluger - Time Out New York".
  25. "Stay-Home Hubbies - New York Post".
  26. "In Defense of 'Baby Einstein' : NPR".
  27. "Disney Video and DVD Insider -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II".
  28. "In Defense of 'Baby Einstein' : NPR".
  29. "Bruce Kluger bio, Writer for Nick, Jr. and Sesame Workshop".
  30. "Karla Marx and the Man-Haters - Marshall Rockford Goodman - Google Books".
  31. "NPR stories by Bruce Kluger".
  32. "Bruce Kluger in The Los Angeles Times".
  33. "Bruce Kluger and David Slavin's, 'Memo to George' on Salon.com".
  34. "Dog on the Roof Official Trailer".
  35. "Dear President Obama - Los Angeles Times".
  36. "Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long - Wikipedia".
  37. "Around the World in 60 Seconds – HarperCollins".

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