Legacies of the Great Society
    • About:

      Educated at Phillips Academy, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, Bob Semple joined the Washington Bureau of the New York Times in the fall of 1963. There he had several assignments, covering civil rights, housing and urban development, parts of the last three years of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, all of Richard Nixon’s first term and several presidential campaigns. Moving to the New York office in 1973, he served, successively, as Deputy National Editor, London Bureau Chief, Foreign Editor and Editor of the Op-Ed Page. He joined the paper’s Editorial Board in 1988 as Associate Editor. He has worked there ever since as an editor and writer, covering a range of subjects, principally politics, energy and the environment. Mr. Semple was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1996 for his editorials on environmental issues.