Thomas B. Edsall

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Thomas Byrne Edsall
Born (1941-08-22) August 22, 1941 (age 73)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, Author, Professor
Known for Author, academic

Thomas Byrne Edsall (born August 22, 1941) is an American journalist and academic, best known for his weekly opinion column for the New York Times online ( and for his 25 years covering national politics for the Washington Post.[1]

Life and career[edit]

From 2006 to 2014, Edsall served as the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor in Public Affairs Journalism at Columbia University, where he continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Journalism.[2] In 2011, he became a weekly opinion columnist for the New York Times online.[3] Previously he covered national politics for the Washington Post - 1981 to 2006 - and before that reported on politics for both The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal.[3] He was the political editor of the Huffington Post from 2007 to 2009,[4] a correspondent for The New Republic from 2006 to 2013 and for the National Journal from 2006 to 2007.[1] In November and December 2006, Edsall was a guest columnist for the print edition of the New York Times Op-Ed page.[5][6]

Edsall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Richard Linn Edsall and Katherine Byrne.[7] He attended Brown University and received his B.A. from Boston University in 1966. He is married and lives with his wife, Mary (daughter of Karl Deutsch), in New York and Washington, D.C.,[7] with whom he co-authored the book Chain Reaction.[8]

Awards and fellowships[edit]


  • Edsall, Thomas B. (1984). The New Politics of Inequality. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-30250-4. 
  • —— (1988). Power and Money: Writing About Politics. W. W. Norton & Company. 
  • ——; Edsall, Mary D. (August 1992). Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-30903-7. 
  • —— (August 28, 2006). Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive For Permanent Power. Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-01815-7. 
  • —— (January 10, 2012). The Age Of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-53519-9. 


  1. ^ a b c d "Thomas B. Edsall". Faculty. Columbia Journalism School. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
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  3. ^ a b "Thomas B. Edsall". New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  4. ^ Charlip, Lauren (May 7, 2007). "Movers". Mediaweek 17 (19): 27. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Greg (November 25, 2006). "Despite Election Results, Edsall Still Sees 'Red'". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Edsall, Thomas (November 26, 2006). "Edsall Responds to 'E&P' Editor's Critique". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Mary Deutsch Wed To Thomas Edsall". The New York Times. August 23, 1965. p. 34. 
  8. ^ "The University Record". Thomas, Mary Edsall to deliver Yablonky Lecture. University of Michigan. November 2, 1992. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Edsall, Thomas Byrne". Social Networks and Archival Context Project. University of Virginia. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Post Reporter Wins Carey McWilliams Award". The Washington Post. June 4, 1994. Retrieved January 6, 2012. Retrieved Jan 3, 2015

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