Morgenstern was born on October 3, 1932 in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. He was raised in New York City, New York. He studied at Lehigh University. He was married to Piper Laurie from 1962 until they divorced in 1982. They had one daughter. He now lives in New York City, New York.
- imdb.com/name/nm0605156/bio Internet Movie Database, page for Joe Morgenstern, accessed 18 Sept. 2009
- Bio on Pulitzer Prize Site
- "Joe Morgenstern '53: Pulitzer winner is essayist at heart" from the Lehigh University Alumni Bulletin
- Joe Morgenstern on IMDb