Herb Weiss is an American author and journalist. He is best known for his work as a writer and as an arts and cultural ambassador for the city of Pawtucket.
For over 40 years, Herb has enjoyed a distinguished career in journalism, earning +a national reputation as an expert on aging, health care and medical issues. He also writes a weekly “Age Beat” editorial commentary on aging issues for the Pawtucket Times, Woonsocket Call, and RI News Today, a Rhode Island daily digital news site.
Over 800 articles that he has authored or co-authored have appeared in national, state and location newspapers and trade publications. He is a 2012 graduate of the Theta II Class of Leadership Rhode Island.
Herb is a recipient of the 2003 AARP Rhode Island’s Vision Award for his weekly commentaries that appeared in the Pawtucket Times. He is a two-time recipient (1994 and 1999) of the Washington, DC based American College of Health Care Administrator’s National Award for his coverage of long-term care issues. He was also awarded the Distinguished Alumni’s Award by the Center for Studies in Aging, North Texas State University (now referred to as University of North Texas), in 1997, for his coverage of aging issues. In 1997, he was selected by the prestigious McKnight’s LTC News to be one of its “100 Most Influential People” in long-term care.
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Herb has also served on the editorial advisory boards of the following publications covering long-term care: The Brown LTC Quality Letter (1993); McKnight’s LTC News (1992–2000); Aging Network News (1991–1993); The Journal of Long Term Care Administrators (1985–1995); and Contemporary Long Term Care (1983–1990).
In 2014, Herb co-edited an e-book with Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, then president of Rhode Island College, detailing the emails of Richard Walton, a well-known Rhode Island social activist. In 2016, he published a collection of his articles for seniors called Taking Charge: Collected Stories on Aging Boldly, also publishing a sequel, Taking Charge: Vol 2 More Collected Stories on Aging Boldly in Aug. 2021.
In 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo appointed him to the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Aging.
Herb received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a social work certificate from University of Texas in 1977 . Later he received a master’s degree (gerontology) and a Specialist in Aging certificate in 1979 from North Texas State University. He also completed 24 credits in a doctorate in public policy and aging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
He also was licensed as a nursing home administrator in Washington, DC, from 1981 to 1987 and in Washington, DC, from 1993 to 1999.