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CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Frank Rich, op-ed page columnist for The New York Times, will address an audience of students, faculty, journalists and members of the public on Monday, March 7 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.
Rich will receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism as part of the annual Goldsmith Awards Ceremony. The Goldsmith Awards are sponsored annually by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School.
Rich’s career at The New York Timesbegan in 1980 when he was named chief theater critic. Beginning in 1994, he became an op-ed columnist, and in 1999 he became the first Times columnist to write a regular double-length column for the op-ed page. Rich’s weekly essay on the intersection of culture and news draws on his background as a theater critic and observer of art, entertainment and politics.
In addition to his work at The Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for many other publications. His childhood memoir, “Ghost Light,” was published in 2000 by Random House. His book, “The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina,” was published in 2006.
Before joining The Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he had been film critic for the New York Post and film critic and senior editor of New Timesmagazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond (Va.) Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970's.
Born on June 2, 1949 in Washington, D.C., Rich is a graduate of its public schools. He earned a B.A. degree in American History and Literature, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1971. At Harvard, he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson, an honorary Harvard College scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship.
Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Christiane Amanpour, Seymour Hersh, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and a book prize.