Ellen Goodman (born April 11, 1941) is an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist. Goodman is also a speaker and commentator. She is noted for being one of the first women to openly discuss women's rights. 
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. 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. Goodman announced her retirement in her final column, which ran on January 1, 2010.
Goodman 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.  In 2007, Goodman studied gender and the news at John F. Kennedy School of Government where she was a Shorenstein Fellow.
Personal life 
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. 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.
In 1980, Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1980. Some of her other accolades include the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, which she won the same year. In 1988, at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Goodman won the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award. 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. In 2008, she won the Ernie Pyle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Newspaper columnists.
The Conversation Project 
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.
Published books 
- Turning Points (1979)
- Close to Home (1979)
- At Large (1981)
- Keeping in Touch (1985)
- Making Sense (1989)
- Value Judgments (1993)
- Paper Trail (2004)
Co-author, with Patricia O'Brien:
- I Know Just What You Mean : The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives (2000)
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