Richard Bernstein (born May 5, 1944) is an American journalist, columnist, and author. He writes the Letter from America column for The International Herald Tribune. He was a book critic at The New York Times and a foreign correspondent for both Time magazine and The New York Times in Europe and Asia.
Richard Bernstein was born in New York City but grew up on a poultry farm in East Haddam, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, then did graduate work at Harvard University in History and East Asian Languages, receiving an M.A. Bernstein lives in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, with his wife Zhongmei Li and his son.
Bernstein joined the staff of Time magazine in 1973. In 1979, he opened the magazine's first bureau in the People's Republic of China and served as the first Beijing bureau chief. While on staff at The New York Times his assignments included United Nations Bureau Chief, Paris Bureau Chief, National Cultural Correspondent, book critic, and Berlin Bureau Chief.