Marmari is perhaps most well-known for his work at leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz where he served as managing editor and editor-in-chief for nearly two decades. Nonetheless, his professional career has included a diverse and extensive array of work in the media, culture and civil society, making him distinctly well-suited to excel in his new role at the National Library. After beginning his career in satirical print and broadcast media, Marmari quickly proved himself as a skilled journalist and editor, soon founding and serving as the editor-in-chief of a large local newspaper in Tel Aviv. In addition to his editorial work at Haaretz, Marmari also served as chief editor at one of Israel's largest book publishers. In 2004, Marmari was awarded the prestigious Sokolov Award for excellence in Israeli print journalism.
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After receiving the Sokolov Award following more than three decades dedicated to the field of journalism, Marmari sought new ways to contribute to Israeli culture and society. He has done so on several fronts. While serving as the head of the Department of Visual Communication at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Marmari also headed the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development (CJAED), a non-profit organization guided by the principle that Jewish-Arab economic cooperation in Israel is essential for peace, prosperity and economic stability. Moreover, in a senior position at the Israel Democracy Institute, Marmari oversaw policy research relating to the media, served as chief editor of one of Israel's leading media watchdog publications and headed an organization dedicated to strengthening Israeli parliamentary democracy. Hanoch Marmari's career as a leading figure on Israel's cultural landscape reflects the highest ideals of the National Library's transformative renewal process, driven by the principle of opening access to information and content in order to foster a society that values education, mutual understanding and creativity.