JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amnon Dankner, the former editor in chief of the daily Hebrew newspaper Maariv, has died.
Dankner died last Friday in his Ramat Hasharon home after suffering a heart attack. He was 67.
He led Maariv from 2002 to 2007. Dankner had started began working there in 1997.
At the time of his death, Dankner was writing a regular column for Sof Hashavua, a weekly Hebrew newspaper published by The Jerusalem Post.
In recent years, Dankner played a corrupt politician on the popular political satire television show “Polishuk.” He also appeared on current events television programs such as “Popolitika.”
The Jerusalem native worked as a journalist for several Hebrew-language newspapers. He was a reporter for Haaretz; served as the Washington correspondent for the Histadrut Labor newspaper Davar, which closed in 1996; and was a columnist for the also now-defunct Hadashot.
He was the author of 12 books, fiction and non-fiction.
Dankner received a law degree from the Hebrew University. In the 1970s, he served as the spokesman of the Education Ministry and later for the Jewish Agency.