Thomas L. Friedman

Columnist, The New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, his third Pulitzer for The New York Times. He became the paper’s foreign affairs columnist in 1995. Previously, he served as chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau, and before that he was the chief White House correspondent. In 2005, Friedman was elected as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. He joined The New York Times in 1981 and was appointed Beirut bureau chief in 1982. In 1984, Friedman was transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem, where he served as Israel bureau chief until 1988. He was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon) and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel). Friedman’s 2005 book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century won the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. His book From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989) won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989 and The Lexus and the Olive Tree (2000) won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 27 languages. Friedman also wrote Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism (2002) and the text accompanying Micha Bar-Am’s book Israel: A Photobiography. Friedman received a BA in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University and a Master of Philosophy in modern Middle East studies from Oxford.