Born of German immigrants, Ernie Imhoff ’59 knew from the age of seven that he wanted to be a newspaper man. When he arrived in Williamstown for college, he decided to major in German, but picked up summer jobs at the North Adams Transcript to pursue his interest in journalism. After attending the Pulitzer School of Journalism at Columbia University, Imhoff began to work at the Baltimore Evening Sun, where he worked for thrity-six years, eventually becoming managing editor. He retired in 1999.
While working at the Baltimore Sun, Imhoff was able to write a series about Europe after his honeymoon there in 1962. During the last three years of his career, he covered nonprofits for the paper and accompanied Catholic Relief Services to the Andes and Ecuador to report on their work there.
Imhoff has carried his interest in international issues into his retirement. He remarked on the importance of reading books from and about other cultures and countries. He himself has recently finishedIn the Garden of the Beasts, which addresses Berlin during the Third Reich, and is now readingDouble Cross, a book about the British double agents who fooled the Nazis into believing D-Day would land at Calais instead of Normandy.
He has passed his interest in international affairs down to his children as well; his son, who is married to a Guatemalan, is a world history teacher, and his other son works in foreign affairs for the government in Baltimore.