Cleveland Jewish News Columnist Violet Spevack Retires at 98

By: Press Release

Columnist Violet Spevack announced her retirement Jan. 30 after nearly 50 years with the Cleveland Jewish News.

 

Spevack, 98, is believed to have written one of the longest, continuously published weekly columns in the country.

 

She began her popular “Cavalcade” column on March 5, 1965, just six months after the newspaper was founded. She has written some 2,500 columns as well as hundreds of feature stories on prominent Cleveland leaders and national celebrities, such as Don Rickles, George Burns, Joan Rivers, Milton Berle, Monty Hall, Buddy Hackett and others.

 

“I’ve had the time of my life covering our Jewish community through the lens of my society column,” Spevack said in her final column. “I can’t thank you all enough for reading my columns and most of all, for letting me into your homes every week.”

 

Spevack, who was elected into the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013, has worked for all five editors the Cleveland Jewish News has had. The newspaper also has a summer internship program that was created in her honor, the Violet Spevack Editorial Internship, which provides a qualifying college student an opportunity to gain hands-on newsroom experience for a summer while receiving financial compensation.

 

An event to honor her will be held in the spring.

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