Ruth Gruber and David Brooks received the first Jewish Week Excellence in Journalism Awards last Tuesday evening at a Gala dinner at Sotheby’s, attended by more than 300 people.
Accepting her award, Gruber, 100, recalled the advice of famed photographer Edward Steichen to take pictures not with her eyes or hands but with her heart. She said all of her photojournalism and writing has been “from the heart.”
With an early professional start and a determination never to retire, Ruth Gruber has had a remarkably long, storied and inspiring career.
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Ruth Gruber likes to say that she lives “inside of time.” Early on, she learned that she couldn’t control time, particularly when she was living in Alaska during World War II as an emissary for Harold L. Ickes, secretary of the interior under President Franklin Roosevelt. When she would send a radio message asking to be picked up by plane, it would sometimes take days or even weeks, depending on the weather and the whims of the pilots.
Ruth Gruber is still optimistic about Mideast peace.
On Sunday afternoon, two days after her 100th birthday, the legendary journalist, photojournalist, author and humanitarian told several hundreds family members, friends and admirers who came to celebrate with her at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that “we must all work with passion in our hearts and minds for that prayer” to be answered.