1930 – Born in Gera, Germany.
– He was educated at Columbia University, where he wrote for the Columbia Daily Spectator.
1968 – Chief of Washington DC bureau of The New York Times.
1973 – Won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Richard Nixon’s trip to the People’s Republic of China.
– Sunday editor of The New York Times.
1976 – He is also remembered as being the journalist who asked President Ford about Soviet domination in Eastern Europe during the second presidential debate.
1977 – Editorial page editor of The New York Times.
1986-1994 – Frankel was Executive Editor of The New York Times.
– Frankel is the author of the book High Noon in the Cold War.