Harvy Lipman 1951-2014
Harvy Lipman, senior writer at The Record, dies at 63
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2014, 12:27 PM
BY JIM NORMAN
Harvy Lipman, a reporter who covered charitable and non-profit organizations for The Record since 2006 and who was respected equally by his editors as by the people he wrote about, died last week after a long battle with multiple infections following surgery last year. He was 63.
“He was a thorough, fair and inquisitive journalist,” said Tom Toronto, president of United Way of Bergen County, one of the organizations Lipman covered.
“The first time I met him, he showed up in the parking lot in a car with the back covered with bumper stickers that Pete Seeger might have popped out of,” Toronto recalled. “They were all about the environment, anti-war, anti-nuke, that sort of thing. He wore his politics on his sleeve, but I never detected a bias in his work.”
Lipman “was an extraordinarily compassionate guy, but he was not soft,” Toronto said. “He was the only reporter I knew who was committed to the beat he covered and committed to the industry. He drilled down pretty deeply.”
An article Lipman wrote for The Record in June 2012, about how the economic recession had left pockets of poverty in wealthy communities in North Jersey, was an example of the kind of critical drilling down he was capable of, said Tim Nostrand, one of his editors.
Headlined “Hardship Grows Amid Wealth,” the article recounted the experiences of people who made good livings and had risen through the middle class to enough wealth to live in such communities as Mahwah and Ramsey, only to find themselves unemployed, with depleted retirement accounts and living on food stamps.
“It wasn’t just personal stories, although that’s what brought it to life,” Nostrand said. “It was an example of real solid reporting, with statistics about increased use of food stamps, unemployment benefits and the use of the earned income tax credit as indicators.”
Lipman got his start in journalism in 1984 at the Albany Times Union, where he worked for 15 years, serving as the head of the newspaper’s Capitol bureau and also as its projects editor.
“He was strong-minded and a hard worker,” said Harry Rosenfeld, the editor of the Times Union during many of Lipman's years there. “He hunted out good stories.”
After leaving the Times Union, Lipman worked for the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington for seven years as the director of special projects before joining The Record as a senior writer in 2006.
Harvy Lipman Articles at Record
A Tribute to Harvy Lipman Bergen Record - and his professional coverage of
His last article was about our Annual meeting in January last year in Hasbrouck Heights Hilton
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John Fugazzie shared a February 10 near River Edge, NJ
It is with deep sadness that i post this. Harvy who i met a couple years ago, was a man of great compassion and a professional journalist. His articles about me and about Neighbors-helping-Neighbors is one reason national journalists came to cover us, they told me that having been vetted by a professional made them comfortable taking up our story.
I knew he has been sick as he connected me with his son to help him with networking. In January he told me Harvy was not doing well. My prayers are with him and his family, as his work will live on forever which is something many cannot say. He will be missed and my hope is he severs as an inspiration for some new young journalists to follow in his professional footsteps.
I am launching a new web site with a strategic group of partners that will provide information about community groups, charities and non profits in Bergen Co.
Harvy Lipman has been covering philanthropy since 1999. He spent more than seven years as director of special projects at the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington before joining The Record as a senior writer in 2006. He also spent 15 years at the Times Union in Albany, N.Y. in various writing and editing positions, including running the newspaper's Capitol bureau for four years.