Meyer Berger (1898-1959) also wrote The Story of the New York Times and another collection of columns, The Eight Million. Columbia University's School of Journalism awards a Meyer Berger Prize annually to the city journalist who best embodies Berger's spirit of integrity, curiosity, and loyalty to truth. Pete Hamill, a Meyer Berger Award-winning journalist, is the author of many bestsellers, including A Drinking Life and Forever.
"Mike Berger was one of the great reporters of our day...he was a master of the color story, the descriptive narrative of sights and sounds---of a parade, an eclipse, a homicidal maniac running amok...or just a thunderstorm that broke a summer heat wave...." - The New York Times, obituary, February 6, 1959; "Dip into Meyer Berger's New York, at any point, and you will find things you never knew or dreamed of knowing.... It has a heart, a soul, and a beauty all its own." - Phillip Hamburger, The New York Times Book Review"