Shaping the American Character

Turner’s key “frontier thesis” argues that frontier life shaped the ...


Richard J. Tofel

Richard Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom headquartered in New York and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, including the first for material not published in print.  He was formerly assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal and, earlier, assistant managing editor as well as vice president for corporate communications and assistant general counsel of Dow Jones & Company.  More recently he was vice president and general counsel of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site.  He is the author of Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition; Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism; Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address; Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind; and A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939.  He lives in New York City.