Joyce Purnick is an American columnist and journalist.[1]

Joyce Purnick
Joyce Purnick

(1946-05-17) May 17, 1946 (age 73)
EducationB.A. Barnard College
Spouse(s)Max Frankel
Parent(s)Charlotte Leah Purnick
Jack Purnick


Purnick was born on May 17, 1946 in New York City,[1] the daughter of Charlotte Leah and Jacob "Jack" Purnick.[2][3] In 1967, she graduated with a B.A. from Barnard College.[1]

In 1970, she started her career as a news clerk with the New York Post eventually rising to chief political writer.[1] In 1979, she accepted a position at The New York Times focusing on New York state, New York City government, and the New York City school system.[1] In 1989, she served on the paper's editorial board as the paper's urban affairs analyst.[1] In 1994, she wrote the twice weekly Metro Matters column covering local New York topics.[1] In 1997, she was named deputy editor of the Metro department, the paper's largest section and the first woman to do so.[1] In 1999, she returned to writing Metro Matters.[1]



  • Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics (2009)

Personal lifeEdit

Purnick is married to writer and former New York Times executive editor, Max Frankel.[1][2] She lives in Manhattan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Columnist Biography: Joyce Purnick". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Max Frankel, Editor, Wed To Joyce Purnick, Journalist". New York Times. December 12, 1988.
  3. ^ "Charlotte L. Purnick". New York Times. January 15, 1983.