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Ellen Goodman


Ellen Goodman's insight, common sense, and verbal flair have attracted a fervent national following since 1976, when her Boston Globe column was first syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Today, her column appears on op-ed pages in over 440 newspapers across the country. Goodman has been with the Boston Globe, where she is an associate editor as well as a columnist, since 1967. She graduated from Radcliffe College, cum laude, in 1963, and spent 1973–1974 at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. In 1980, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. Her book on social change, Turning Points, was published in 1979. Five collections of her columns have also been published: "Close to Home'' (1979), "At Large'' (1981), "Keeping in Touch'' (1985), "Making Sense'' (1989), and "Value Judgments'' (1993).

Goodman's reporting has earned her numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in 1980. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights awarded her the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award in 1988 for her dedication to the cause of equality. In 1993, she received the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus at its Seventh Annual Exceptional Merit Media Award Ceremony. The Women's Research & Education Institute presented her with the American Woman Award in 1994. She was awarded the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for journalism at Colby College in 1998. In 1999 she received the International Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communications. The Lyndhurst Foundation awarded her the 2000 Lyndhurst Prize. In 1996, Ellen Goodman was the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University.

Born in 1941, she lives with her husband in Brookline, Massachusetts.