Samuel G. Freedman is an Americanauthor and journalist and currently a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has authored six nonfiction books, including most recently Who She Was, a book about his mother's life as a teenager and young woman, and Letters to a Young Journalist. Freedman has also won the National Jewish Book Award in 2000 in the Non-Fiction category for Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry., and his book The Inheritance was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Additionally, he currently writes The New York Times column "On Religion" and formerly wrote The Jerusalem Post column "In the Diaspora." His latest book, Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, was published in August 2013 by Simon & Schuster.
"There are very few journalists in Sam Freedman's league," notes novelist Robert O'Brian. "His empathy, his intellect, his discipline, experience, and warmth, are immediately apparent even to the casual reader."
His brother is Ken Freedman, General Manager of radio station WFMU. His sister is Carol, founder of Carol's Creative Chocolatez.