Elinor Brecher (’71) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
A reporter at the Miami Herald since 1989, Elinor Brecher began her career at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where she wrote for the city desk and features and magazine sections and was even a singles advice columnist. Before joining the Herald, she was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard for 1987-1988 where her studies focused on U.S. social history and American literature.
Brecher is the author of the non-fiction book “Schindler’s Legacy: True Stories of the List Survivors,” published in 1994. A Book of the Month Club selection and Penguin Highbridge Audiobook, it has sold 120,000 copies in four languages. Winner of many journalism awards, Brecher was part of the team that earned the Miami Herald a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1993 for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Her live reporting for Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, led the Herald’s coverage of the World Trade Center disaster to a third place finish in the 2002 National Headliner Awards. Active as a featured speaker and lecturer in the Miami community, Elinor Brecher was named one of Miami-Dade County’s “Women Who Make a Difference” in 1999.
As an undergraduate, Brecher was city editor of the Daily Wildcat. In 1977 she earned the Sherman R. Miller Award as the outstanding graduate of the journalism department.