Hal Lehrman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1932.
He began his career as a reporter with the Associated Press in 1934, and went
on to work at Newsweek, The Daily News, and The Herald Tribune, as well as
doing freelance-writing and book reviewing for The New York Times, The New York
Post, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday. He was also a contributor Life
magazine, Commentary, Harper's, and The Reader's Digest. In 1957, Lehrman won
the George Polk Award for Outstanding Foreign Reporting. He became a founding
member of the Overseas Press Club in 1939, and was president of it from 1967 to
1970. After retiring, he continued his longtime, active membership with the
Council on Foreign Relations of the Rockefeller Foundation. Lehrman passed away
in 1988 of a heart attack.