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Lucinda Franks (born July 16, 1946)[1] is an American journalist. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic.[citation needed]

Lucinda Franks
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Franks at the Miami Book Fair International, 2014
Born (1946-07-16) July 16, 1946 (age 73)
ResidenceNew York City
NationalityUnited States
Known forPulitzer Prize winner
Robert M. Morgenthau
(m. 1977; died 2019)
ChildrenJoshua Franks Morgenthau
Amy Elinor Morgenthau
Parent(s)Lorraine and Tom Franks

She is also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for her reporting on the life and death of Diana Oughton, a member of The Weathermen, an anti-Vietnam war terrorist group,[2] winning the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971, together with Thomas Powers.[3]

She is the youngest person to win a Pulitzer.[4]



Franks was raised in a Christian family,[5] the daughter of Lorraine and Tom Franks,[6] in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[5] In 1968, she graduated from Vassar College; after school, she moved to London, where she reported for United Press International.[5] In 1973, she was transferred to New York City.[5] Franks discovered that her father had been a secret agent during World War II, and wrote a book about it, My Father's Secret War: A Memoir, in 2007. Her second memoir is about her marriage: Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me (2014).

Personal lifeEdit

In 1977, she married former longtime district attorney for New York County, Robert M. Morgenthau,[6] a widower and member of the Lehman family. They had two children: Joshua (born 1984) and Amy (born 1990).[5][7]

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Franks's name and picture.[8]


  1. ^ Profile of Lucinda Franks
  2. ^ Full Bio at Lucinda Franks' Official Site; accessed July 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  4. ^ "Closing the TV-Guest Gender Gap". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  5. ^ a b c d e Poughkeepsie Journal: "Love, respect bind polar political ties for Morgenthau, Franks" by Karen Maserjian Shan August 15, 2015 |"(Lucinda) said, 'I'm a Christian, you're a Christian. We all bear responsibility for the Holocaust, for not doing more,"
  6. ^ a b St. Louis Jewish Light: "Pulitzer Prize winner's memoir tells of hidden family past" BY MORTON I. TEICHER October 25, 2007
  7. ^ Morgenthau Family Tree Archived 2015-12-20 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 3, 2015
  8. ^ Wulf, Steve (2015-03-23). "Supersisters: Original Roster". Retrieved 2015-06-04.

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