Ellen Goodman

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Ellen Goodman (born April 11, 1941) is an American journalist and syndicated columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980.[1] She is also a speaker and commentator. She is noted for being one of the first women in the United States to discuss women's rights openly.[2]

Career[edit]

Goodman's career began as a researcher and reporter for Newsweek magazine between 1963 and 1965. She was a reporter at the Detroit Free Press starting in 1965 and has worked as an associate editor at The Boston Globe since 1967. Her column was syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group in 1976. In 1996, she taught at Stanford as the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism.[3] In 1998, Goodman received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. She has compared "anthropogenic warming deniers" to Holocaust deniers.[4] Goodman announced her retirement in her final column, which ran on January 1, 2010.[5]

Education[edit]

Goodman attended Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts for two years and graduated in 1959 from Buckingham School, now Buckingham Browne & Nichols.[6] She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1963 with a degree in modern European history. A year later, she returned to Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. At Harvard, Goodman studied the dynamics of social change.[3] In 2007, Goodman studied gender and the news at John F. Kennedy School of Government where she was a Shorenstein Fellow.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Goodman was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Jacob Holtz and Edith Weinstein Holtz, and is the sister of architecture critic and author Jane Holtz Kay. She married her first husband, Anthony Goodman, in 1963 and in 1968, gave birth to their daughter Katie Goodman, a musical comedian.[7] After the couple divorced, she married journalist Bob Levey in 1982. Her step-son Gregory Levey died by self-immolation in 1991 protesting the First Gulf War.[8][9][10][11]

Awards[edit]

Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1980.[1] Some of her other accolades include the American Society of Newspaper Editors (now American Society of News Editors) Distinguished Writing Award, which she won the same year. In 1988, Goodman won the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.[12] She was awarded the President's Award by the National Women's Political Caucus in 1993. A year later, she was given the American Woman Award by the Women's Research & Education Institute.[13] In 2008, she won the Ernie Pyle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.[14]

The Conversation Project[edit]

In 2010, Goodman started "The Conversation Project", a group dedicated to the wishes of end-of-life care. Goodman serves as the co-founder and director of the group.[15]

Books[edit]

  • Turning Points (1979)
  • Close to Home (1979)
  • At Large (1981)
  • Keeping in Touch (1985)
  • Making Sense (1989)
  • Value Judgments (1993)
  • I Know Just What You Mean: the power of friendship in women's lives (2000), by Goodman and Patricia O'Brien
  • Paper Trail: common sense in uncommon times (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Commentary". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  2. ^ [1].
  3. ^ a b c [2].
  4. ^ Ellen Goodman, "No Change in Political Climate", The Boston Globe, February 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Ellen Goodman, "Ellen Goodman writes of letting go in her final column", The Washington Post, January 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Ritchie, Anne (9 April 1993). "Ellen Goodman Interview #1". Washington Press Club Foundation. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ [3].
  8. ^ "Twenty Years Ago Today -- Immolation Revolutions Now; And the Ones to Come".
  9. ^ Amherst Suicide Victim Was A Substitute Teacher.
  10. ^ Amherst Journal; Candles in the Snow Honor Suffering.
  11. ^ "He Was An 'Undramatic Guy' Town Remembers Man Who Set Himself Afire Over Gulf War".
  12. ^ "1988 Humphrey Award Recipients". The Leadership Conference website. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "American Woman Award". The Women's Research & Education Institute. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame". National Society of Newspaper Columnists website. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  15. ^ [4].

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