Dan Rottenberg (born June 10, 1942) is an author, editor and journalist. He has been the chief editor of seven publications, most recently Broad Street Review, an independent cultural arts website he launched in December 2005 and edited for nine years. He is also the author of 11 books, most recently The Outsider: Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment, published in 2014 by Temple University Press.
His previous books include Death of a Gunfighter, a biography of the Pony Express superintendent Jack Slade (Westholme, 2008); Finding Our Fathers, a guide to tracing Jewish ancestors (Random House, 1977); Fight On, Pennsylvania, a college football history (1985); Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, the history of a Philadelphia law firm (1988); Main Line Wasp, the memoirs of Philadelphia civic leader W. Thacher Longstreth (W.W. Norton, 1990); Revolution on Wall Street, a chronicle of the securities industry (W.W. Norton, 1993); Middletown Jews, an oral history of the Jews of Muncie, Indiana (Indiana U. Press, 1997); The Inheritor’s Handbook (Bloomberg Press, 1998); The Man Who Made Wall Street, a biography of the 19th-Century banker Anthony Drexel (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), and In the Kingdom of Coal, a narrative history of the U.S. coal industry as seen through the eyes of two families (Routledge, 2003).
From 2000 to 2004 he was editor of Family Business, an international quarterly magazine dealing with family-owned companies. From 1996 to 1998 he was editor of the Philadelphia Forum, a weekly Philadelphia opinion paper that he founded. In 1993 he created Seven Arts, a monthly magazine based in Philadelphia. From 1981 to 1993 he edited the Welcomat,' a unique Philadelphia-based weekly opinion forum, now known as Philadelphia Weekly.
He wrote an editorial-page column for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1978 to 1997. He has written more than 300 articles for such magazines as Town & Country, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Civilization, American Benefactor, Bloomberg Personal Finance, TV Guide, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Chicago and many others. He served as a consultant in 1981 when Forbes magazine launched its annual “Forbes 400″ list of wealthiest Americans. His syndicated film commentaries appeared in monthly city magazines around the U.S. from 1971 to 1983.
Rottenberg is credited with having been the first to ever use the word yuppie in print, writing for Chicago magazine in 1980.
Earlier in his career he was executive editor of Philadelphia Magazine (1972-75), managing editor of Chicago Journalism Review (1970-72), a Wall Street Journal reporter (1968-70), and editor of the Commercial-Review, a daily newspaper in Portland, Indiana (1964-68).
Dan Rottenberg is a native of New York City. He graduated from the Fieldston School in 1960 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, a piano teacher. Their two grown daughters live and work in New York City.