Lucinda Franks

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.

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]

Lucinda Franks
Franks, Lucinda -MBFI
Franks at the Miami Book Fair International, 2014
BornJuly 16, 1946 (age 72)
ResidenceNew York City
NationalityUnited States
Known forPulitzer Prize winner
Spouse(s)Robert M. Morgenthau
ChildrenJoshua Franks Morgenthau
Amy Elinor Morgenthau
Parent(s)Lorraine and Tom Franks


Franks was raised in a Christian family,[5] the daughter of Lorraine and Tom Franks.[6] She was raised 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 life

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 have two children: Joshua (born 1984) and Amy (born 1990).[5][7] They live in New York City.

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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For the next seven years, Schwartz-Nobel traveled the nation, doing similar research in several other cities, including Boston, Washington, and Chicago, and writing articles for local newspapers and magazines in each city. In 1981, she combined her experiences to form her first novel, Starving in the Shadow of Plenty, in which she outlined the alarmingly destitute living conditions of America's poor families, focusing especially on the difficulty of obtaining food and the ineffectuality of government welfare programs. Her book, as well as a number of economic factors, contributed to a distinct period of awareness of domestic poverty in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, concluded that "Hunger is increasing at a frenetic pace and the emergency of food available for distribution is quickly depleted."

After at least fifteen federal agencies acknowledged the existence of a domestic hunger epidemic, Schwartz-Nobel considered her duties as a journalist accomplished. She resigned herself to other subjects, publishing four nonfiction books on unrelated topics. The surge in public awareness of the early 1980s never directly caused any significant political action to alleviate hunger or poverty in the United States. In fact, as early as 1985, the Department of Agriculture insisted that domestic hunger was no longer a problem and that the United States government was already more successful at preventing malnutrition and poverty than any other administration in history. Instead of trying to relieve the problem, Congress reduced funding for nutrition programs by $12 billion. The White House also denied the existence of a problem. President Ronald Reagan himself insisted that there was plenty of food available to the poor and that "the hungry are too ignorant to know where to get it." Reagan's words caused a public outcry, to which he responded by admitting his mistake and personally participating in Hands Across America. Shortly thereafter, Congress responded to hunger concerns for the first time since Starving in the Shadow of Plenty by increasing funding for nutrition programs by $5 billion.

In 1996, though, the passage of Contract with America and Welfare to Work laws threatened the availability of funds for America's hungry families once again. Schwartz-Nobel responded by reviving her crusade to put an end to hunger in America. In 2002, her efforts culminated in Growing Up Empty, another muckraking novel sharply critical of federal government welfare policies. Some especially shocking and controversial elements of the book include her criticism of poverty among families in the U.S. military and the federal government's ironic preoccupation with solving hunger epidemics in other nations rather than focusing on similar problems inside its own borders. Schwartz-Nobel has not recently commented on her satisfaction with the effects of the novel, but there have been no significant straightforward increases in welfare spending in the United States since the book's publication.

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Robert Morgenthau

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Sets of the trading cards are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the University of Iowa library.

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