ציורי שמן oil paintings / לוי בנימין
Yaron London was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, in 1940 to Bezalel, a well-known actor, and Matia, a translator and Hebrew teacher. He attended an agricultural high school, and following his army service s tudied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, as well as his tory and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Yaron worked for a period as a graphic designer and copywriter, and began his career in the media as a news broadcas ter. He was announcer of the “This Day” show, the firs t daily news program on Israeli radio.
During the years 1979-1982, Yaron served as foreign correspondent for the Israel Broadcas ting Authority in Paris and Wes tern Europe.
Upon his return to Israel, he created, edited and hos ted many Israeli T.V. talk shows, and later on was appointed head of the drama and arts department. In addition, he edited and presented a weekly program on literature.
In 1988 he retired from The Israel Broadcas ting Authority and joined the daily newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” as a writer and publicis t. Since his retirement in 2006, he continues to write a weekly column on current affairs for the paper.
During his work as a journalis t, Yaron created and hos ted many T.V. talk shows, including a series of discussion programs for preschool children. This popular series influenced the manner in which the media interacts with children, and received an Israeli Television Academy Award. He also created many documentary series, ranging from social issues to world travelogues. His programs and films were broadcas t on all TV channels.
Since 2002, Yaron has presented the daily current affairs program “London and Kirschenbaum” on Israeli television’s Channel 10. (His original co-hos t on the program, Moti Kirschenbaum, died in September 2015).
As part of his other activities, Yaron has written the lyrics to many well-known popular songs; translated poems and songs, mainly from French; edited an anthology of Hebrew poetry; performed in many readings, and acted in several movies. He wrote the biography of the satiris t, playwright and producer, Ephraim Kishon, and an autobiography entitled “If I were a Pirate.” Both books have become bes tsellers.
He won the “David’s Violin Prize” several times, and in 2007 was awarded the pres tigious “Sokolov Prize” for journalism.
Yaron was married to the late Nira London, has four children and eight grandchildren. He lives in Tel-Aviv with his partner, the writer Michal Zamir.