The Arty Semite

David Gregory Writing Jewish Memoir

By Curt Schleier

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David Gregory is writing a book about his Jewish faith, something that was presumably tested in recent weeks.

The long-time NBC newsman, who was just dumped from his job hosting “Meet the Press,” is also known in D.C. for hosting the Jewish holidays. He’s reportedly studied with a Jewish scholar.

Jonathan Karp, who heads the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, told Politico’s Mike Allen that he met David in 2011 and the two have been working on the project ever since.

Karp said Gregory is “a natural story teller,” and the book will be published sometime next year.

“This book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work,” he added

“[It] was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives.”

Gregory may find solace in the fact that “Meet the Press” ratings decreased in its first week without him. Also, when one door closes another opens up. He will have a window this fall to speak about the political landscape and upcoming elections to a number of companies and trade associations. As a journalist, he was restricted from these lucrative possibilities by NBC.


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