Lucinda Franks

Lucinda Franks (born July 16, 1946)[1] is an American journalist. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Lucinda Franks
Franks at the Miami Book Fair International, 2014
Born (1946-07-16) July 16, 1946
NationalityUnited States
Known forPulitzer Prize winner
(m. 1977; died 2019)
ChildrenJoshua Franks Morgenthau
Amy Elinor Morgenthau
Parent(s)Lorraine and Tom Franks

She is also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for her reporting on the life and death of Diana Oughton, a member of The Weathermen, an anti-Vietnam war terrorist group,[2] winning the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971, together with Thomas Powers.[3]

She is the youngest person to win a Pulitzer.[4]


Franks was raised in a Christian family,[5] the daughter of Lorraine and Tom Franks,[6] in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[5] In 1968, she graduated from Vassar College; after school, she moved to London, where she reported for United Press International.[5] In 1973, she was transferred to New York City.[5] Franks discovered that her father had been a secret agent during World War II, and wrote a book about it, My Father's Secret War: A Memoir, in 2007. Her second memoir is about her marriage: Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me (2014).

Personal life

In 1977, she married former longtime district attorney for New York County, Robert M. Morgenthau,[6] a widower and member of the Lehman family. They had two children: Joshua Franks (born 1984) and Amy Elinor (born 1990).[5][7]

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Franks's name and picture.[8]


  1. Profile of Lucinda Franks
  2. Full Bio at Lucinda Franks' Official Site; accessed July 14, 2018.
  3. "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  4. "Closing the TV-Guest Gender Gap". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  5. Poughkeepsie Journal: "Love, respect bind polar political ties for Morgenthau, Franks" by Karen Maserjian Shan August 15, 2015 |"(Lucinda) said, 'I'm a Christian, you're a Christian. We all bear responsibility for the Holocaust, for not doing more,"
  6. St. Louis Jewish Light: "Pulitzer Prize winner's memoir tells of hidden family past" BY MORTON I. TEICHER October 25, 2007
  7. Morgenthau Family Tree Archived 2015-12-20 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 3, 2015
  8. Wulf, Steve (2015-03-23). "Supersisters: Original Roster". Retrieved 2015-06-04.
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