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Frank Bruni

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist & Best-Selling Author

From the vantage point of someone who has spent three decades as a professional journalist—the last two of them in high-profile roles at The New York Times—Frank Bruni speaks with enormous authority about this extraordinary inflection point in American politics, which have become more tribal than ever in the Trump era; about how a profoundly altered media landscape plays into that; about the cultural forces driving Americans apart; and about how we might repair our frayed social fabric, including a different, better approach to higher education.

BIO

Frank Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics including the current American political landscape, higher education, and gay rights. He joined the newspaper in 1995 and has been a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the Rome bureau chief. He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, the most recent of which, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was published in March 2015 to widespread acclaim. His previous best sellers were the 2009 memoir Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life, and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History.

The Times’s first openly gay op-ed columnist, he was named GLAAD’s "Newspaper Columnist of the Year" several times and, in the fall of 2016, was given the Randy Shilts Award for his lifetime contributions to L.G.B.T. Americans by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He is a CNN Contributor featured prominently on the network’s shows and has appeared as well on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Real Time with Bill Maher; he was also a guest judge on Top Chef and made a brief appearance in the 2009 film Julie & Julia.

In 2017, Frank released his first cookbook A Meatloaf in Every Oven, a collection of recipes and musings written with his New York Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer.

He lives in New York City.

Frank Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics including the current American political landscape, higher education, and gay rights. He joined the newspaper in 1995 and has been a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the Rome bureau chief. He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, the most recent of which, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was published in March 2015 to widespread acclaim. His previous best sellers were the 2009 memoir Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life, and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History.

The Times’s first openly gay op-ed columnist, he was named GLAAD’s "Newspaper Columnist of the Year" several times and, in the fall of 2016, was given the Randy Shilts Award for his lifetime contributions to L.G.B.T. Americans by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He is a CNN Contributor featured prominently on the network’s shows and has appeared as well on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Real Time with Bill Maher; he was also a guest judge on Top Chef and made a brief appearance in the 2009 film Julie & Julia.

In 2017, Frank released his first cookbook A Meatloaf in Every Oven, a collection of recipes and musings written with his New York Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer.

He lives in New York City.

SPEECH TOPICS

The News Isn't Fake But It's Flawed

A Cyclops Guide to Aging with Grace

A Fractured Country and How It Heals

Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be: A Different Way to Think about Choosing and Using a College

The Trap of Identity Politics

Books & Media
Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush book coverBorn Round — Frank BruniFrank Bruni — Where You Go Is Not Who You'll BeFrank Bruni — A Meatloaf in Every Oven book cover