Daniel Okrent

Field of work: 
Writer and Editor

Daniel Okrent is an American writer, editor and media expert. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history for his work on Last Call, Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center.

Okrent's 40-year career has encompassed nearly every form of mass media. In book publishing, he was an editor at Knopf, Viking, and Harcourt. In magazines, he founded the award-winning New England Monthly, and was chief editor of the monthly Life. In newspapers, he was the first public editor of the New York Times. On television, he has appeared as an expert commentator on the Ken Burns PBS series Baseball. 

Daniel Okrent has served on multiple boards, including the Authors Guild, Skyscraper Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where he was the chairman from 2003-2008. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Okrent was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer on Press, Politics, and Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In the 1999-2000 academic year, he was the Hearst Foundation Visiting Fellow in New Media at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

In addition to being an accomplished writer, editor and media expert, Daniel is credited for inventing Rotisserie League Baseball otherwise known as fantasy baseball in 1979 while dining with friends at the La Rotisserie restaurant in New York.

In 2000, Daniel Okrent and Glen Waggoner were inducted into the Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the Founding Fathers of Rotisseries Baseball.

Daniel graduated from Cass Technical High School (1965) and earned his B.A. from the College of Literature Science and Arts from University of Michigan (1969).