Eric Friedheim was a journalist, publisher, and elder statesman of the travel industry during his time in Washington. A member of the National Press Club in Washington since 1934, Mr. Friedheim donated $1 million in 1990 to improve the Club’s journalism library, which is named in his honor.
A former publisher of Travel Agent magazine, Eric Friedheim was born in London and came to America at the age of 9. He joined United Press International in 1931, becoming aviation editor and White House correspondent. He won a wartime Air Medal as a writer during World War II.
In the 1950's he became chief editor and publisher of Travel Agent, an industry weekly. He became chairman in 2000, and his articles appeared in it until August of 2002.
Today Mr. Friedheim’s generous gift helps to fund the operations of the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library that provides the latest in training and development to journalism and communications professionals.