Arthur J. Magida
Arthur J. Magida is writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University. He has received 16 Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association; five A.D. Emmart Awards for writing on the humanities; two Smolar Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism; two National Mass Media Certificates of Recognition from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Dick Goldensohn Fund and the University of Baltimore have supported his work.
Magida is the author of The Nazi Seance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitlers Circle (Palgrave Macmillan), The Rabbi and The Hit Man (HarperCollins), and Prophet of Rage: A Life of Louis Farrakhan and His Nation (Basic Books). The Nazi Seance charted the spiritual and political devastation of post-World War I Germany and the rise of a Jewish mind reader who rubbed elbows with the most high-ranking Nazis. The Nazi Seance has been featured by the Book of the Month Club, the History Book Club, the Military Book Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club. Roger Moorhouse, author of Berlin at War and Killing Hitler, called the work "An astonishing story, brilliantly told" and the Washington Post described it as "deftly told... a fascinating tapestry." Arthur Magida has also written for the academic market, as the author of of Opening the Doors of Wonder (University of California Press) which addresses rites of passage in the five major world religions and of the two-volume set, How To Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies (Jewish Lights Publishing).
Magidas op-eds have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Hartford Courant, The Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he has free-lanced for TomPaine.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jerusalem Report, Tikkun, plus The New York Times, Boston Globe, Geo, Islands and Historic Preservation magazines. His work appears in several anthologies.
He has been a consultant for several PBS documentaries, including "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" and "Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate"; a columnist for Beliefnet.com; a contributing correspondent to PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly;" a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing; senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times; environmental reporter for National Journal, and writer/editor for Ralph Nader.
Magida has appeared on NBC Dateline, the CBS Early Show,PBS "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," ABC's "World News Tonight," C-Span's "Booknotes," NPR's "Morning Edition" and On the Media,Court TV's "Catherine Crier Live," and on documentaries on the A&E, History and Discovery channels and on numerous local and regional radio and TV shows. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in the East and International Authors and Writers Who's Who.