writer with a humanizing touch on any issue, public
or personal, Ellen Goodman is an American original.
talentsintellect, wit, style, news judgementset
her apart with an élan uniquely her own. Her
Pulitzer Prize winning commentary appears in more than
450 newspapers, making her one of the two most syndicated
columnists in the United States.
One of those
rare writers and thinkers who sense emerging shifts
in our public and private lives, Goodman alters perceptions
of confounding issues. "She takes current events and
sees their universal truths," says the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
Goodman has been an innovative force in American Journalism.
She once said, "I think readers need to be less alienated
from editorial pages" and made them so by expandng the
debate on op-ed pages. She has commented on the tumult
of social change and its impact on families, and shattered
the mold of men writing exclusively about politics.
She is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers
depend on her to help them make sense of their changing
lives and relationships.
to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary,
Goodman has won many other awards, including the American
Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award
in 1988. She received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights
Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
in 1988. In 1993, at its Seventh Annual Exceptional
Merit Media Award ceremony, the National Women's Political
Caucus gave her the President's Award. in 1994, the
Women's Research and Education Institute presented her
with their American Woman Award.
first job was at Newsweek as a researcher, at
a time when only men became writers. She landed a job
as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press in 1965
and, in 1967, for the Boston Globe where she
began writing her column. Her column was syndicated
by the Washington Post Writers Group beginning in 1976.
Goodman's first book, Turning Points, detailed
the effect of the changing roles of women on the family.
Five collections of her columns have been published:
Close to Home, At Large (Summit Books 1981),
Keeping in Touch, Making Sense, and Value
Judgements. She is also co-author with Patricia
O'Brien of I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of
Friendship in Women's Lives.
Women and Social Change
The Function of the Media in a Free Society: Is the
Personal Too Political?
The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives
Women's Right to Choose