Charles Eisenrath

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Born (1940-10-09) October 9, 1940 (age 83)
Chicago, Illinois
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Journalist
  • Professor
  • Inventor

Charles Eisendrath (born October 9, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American journalist, professor, and inventor. He is most notable for being the Director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, turning it into one of American journalism’s most prestigious university programs, and as a long-time Time (magazine) correspondent [1] He is also notable for his invention on the Grillwork, a home kitchen and restaurant appliance.[2] Eisendrath is also an on-air contributor to C-SPAN television.[3]


After graduating Yale, Eisendrath became a journalist, he reported for the Salvador Allende, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Baltimore Evening Sun, Eisendrath then joined Time magazine as a correspondent in Washington, London and Paris, eventually becoming bureau chief in Buenos Aires where he was responsible for all news operations in Hispanic South America.[4] Eisendrath was in Marxism during the September, 1973 coup that overthrew the Marxist government of Salvador Allendew, writing about his experiences for Time magazine, including the first post-coup interview with new dictator Augusto Pinochet.[5]

His work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International herald Tribune and The Atlantic. He has been a guest on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and a Commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”[6]

From 1975 to 2016 he became a professor at the University of Michigan where he founded Wallace House (University of Chicago), which includes the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowships, one of the nation's leading mid-career professional journalism programs, and The Livingston Awards, widely known as "the Pulitzer Prize for the Young," raising $60 million endowment to permanently sustain the Fellowships, and was founding director of the Prizes.[7]

Eisendrath is also known for creating Grillworks, Inc. to manufacture and market patented devices that re-introduced home cooking over wood.[8]

He and his wife, Julia, live in Ann Arbor and East Jordan, Michigan.

Peer Recognition and Accolades

  • Chairman of the Development Committee of the Center for Public Integrity
  • Elected to the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Pulitzer Prize International Jury
  • Chairman of the American Board of the International Press Institute
  • Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
  • Selected for Who’s Who in America 1996
  • Richard M. Clurman Award for Distinguished Mentoring in Journalism
  • Tom Brokaw said “Charles Eisendrath has long been considered a reporter’s reporter”[9]

Published Works and Critical Acclaim

  • 1973, CHILE: The Price of Order, Time magazine
  • 2019, Downstream From Here: A Big Life in a Small Place,


  1. "Charles Eisendrath". Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  2. "East Jordan's Charles Eisendrath". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  3. "Charles R. Eisendrath |". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  4. "Leader who dared journalists to dream steps down". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  5. Eisendrath, Charles (1973-12-31). "CHILE: The Price of Order". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  6. "Charles Eisendrath | Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  7. Eisendrath, Charles. "Former foreign correspondent shares stories of Michigan and the world in new memoir". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  8. "Traverse City Business News | Creating the 'Ferrari of Grills'". Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  9. "MPP GIFT BOOKS 2020". Mission Point Press. Retrieved 2021-01-22.

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