Froma Harrop

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Froma Harrop
Froma harrop headshot.jpg
Born (1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 65)
New York City
Education New York University
Occupation Columnist
Notable credit(s) Top 100 Syndicated Columnists

Froma Harrop (born March 18, 1950 in New York City) is an American writer and author.

She is best known for her bi-weekly syndicated column which appears in about 200 news outlets including the Seattle Times, Newsday, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, Detroit News, and Real Clear Politics and The Providence Journal. She is represented by Creators Syndicate Inc. in Los Angeles.

Media Matters ranks her column 20th nationally in total readership and 14th in large newspaper concentration.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, Harrop was raised in suburban Long Island.[1] Harrop is Jewish.[2] After graduating from New York University, she worked on the financial desk at Reuters, covering business and the Federal Reserve.[3]

Recent career[edit]

Harrop later became a business editor for The New York Times News Service.[4] She returned to her reporting roots as a business writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island and subsequently joined the Journal’s editorial board, where she was a member until 2013.[5] Harrop currently resides in Providence and New York City.

Harrop has been a guest on PBS, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR and many other television and radio stations. Specific appearances include the The Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC and PBS’s White House Chronicles., [6] and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Harrop has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Institutional Investor (magazine). She is also a contributor to The Progressive Populist. Her columns have been published in several book anthologies.

Harrop is a past president of the Association of Opinion Journalists, formerly known as the National Conference of Editorial Writers.[7][8] While she was president, the organization started a venture called the Civility Project, aimed at raising the quality of public discourse.[9]

She was criticized for her position in 2011 in Wall Street Journal, because she denounced the Tea Party movement as "economic terrorists" in one of her columns.[10] She also participated in a parody interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart based on the controversy.[11]

Harrop has rejected the assumption that calling Tea Party members "economic terrorists" during the debt ceiling crisis was uncivil.[12][13] She further argued that The Wall Street Journal was manufacturing a controversy to divert Tea Party anger at its own labeling of the activists as "hobbits."


  • Loeb Awards finalist for economic commentary in 2011.[14]
  • Scripps Howard Award finalist for commentary in 2010.
  • Loeb Awards finalist for economic commentary in 2004.[15]
  • An Editor & Publisher Feature of the Year in 2003.
  • A National Society of Newspaper Columnists award in 2001.
  • Five awards from the New England Associated Press Newspaper Executives Association.


  1. ^ [1],
  2. ^ Loew, Karen (November 24, 2010). "Missing Half of the Potentially Best Ideas". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Detroit News Online. Froma Harrop Bio at DetNews
  4. ^ "New York Times Syndicate". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Providence Journal - Rhode Island news, sports, weather & more". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  6. ^ White House Chronicles Froma Harrop Video
  7. ^ "NCEW Board and Committees". The National Conference of Editorial Writers. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  8. ^ Past Presidents, National Conference of Editorial Writers
  9. ^ "Association of Opinion Journalists / An AOJ Project". 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  10. ^ James Taranto (3 August 2011). "Victim in Chief". WSJ. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  11. ^ The Daily Show: Civil Disservice, January 12th 2012
  12. ^ "The Commentary Pages Are No Tea Party by Froma Harrop on - A Syndicate Of Talent". 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  13. ^ Fame and Glory are Mine: I am Finally on the Daily Show, by Kevin Drum, at Mother Jones, published 13 January 2014; retrieved 29 December, 2014
  14. ^ "Loeb Award Finalists - UCLA Anderson School of Management". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  15. ^ UCLA Anderson School of Management. Gerald Loeb Awards

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