Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995 and has ranged broadly across its pages. He has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. As a staff writer for The Times Magazine, he profiled J. J. Abrams and a health-obsessed billionaire who planned to live to 125; as the Rome bureau chief, he kept tabs on both Pope John Paul II and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Mr. Bruni came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he was, alternately, a war correspondent, the chief movie critic and a religion writer. He is the author of three best sellers: a 2009 memoir, Born Round; a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History; and 2015’s Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.
In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics: American politics, higher education, violence in football, gay rights and his own life as a gay man in a close-knit family.
He grew up in White Plains, N.Y., and Avon, Conn. He is a 1986 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. in English. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1988, graduating second in his class and winning a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.