Frank Bruni

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Frank Bruni
Born Frank Anthony Bruni
(1964-10-31) October 31, 1964 (age 52)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Columbia University
Occupation Op-cd columnist, New York Times; former chief restaurant critic
Notable credit(s) The New York Times

Frank Anthony Bruni (born October 31, 1964) is an American journalist and long-time writer for New York Times. In June 2011, he was named an op-ed columnist for the newspaper, its first openly gay one. One of his many previous posts for the newspaper was as its chief restaurant critic, from 2004-2009. He is the author of three bestselling books: Born Round, a memoir about his family's love of food and his own struggles with overeating; Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, about the college admissions mania; and Ambling Into History, about George W. Bush.


Bruni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He was a Morehead Scholar and wrote for the student paper, The Daily Tar Heel.[1] Bruni graduated second in his class with a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

Straight out of Columbia, Bruni joined the staff of the New York Post and then moved on to the Detroit Free Press, where he did a wide range of beats, including a stint covering the Persian Gulf War. He spent more than a year as the movie critic and also wrote extensively about gay issues and AIDS. In 1993, he was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his profile of a convicted child molester. In 1995, Bruni took a job with The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter and often wrote for The Times's Sunday magazine 'and' for Sunday Arts. In 1998, he was assigned to the Washington, D.C., bureau, where he covered Capitol Hill and Congress, before being sent on the campaign trail to follow then-Texas Governor George W. Bush. He then covered the White House for the first eight months of the Bush administration and served as the Washington-based staff writer for Sunday magazine. In July 2002, he was promoted to the Rome bureau chief. Two years later, he became The Times's restaurant critic. After five years in that position, he returned briefly to the magazine before becoming an op-ed columnist.

Bruni’s book Ambling into History chronicles his time covering Bush’s campaign. Born Round [2] deals in part with his time as The Times's restaurant critic and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2009 by the Times, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and In The Times's Sunday Book Review, Dominique Browning raved that "the love with which Bruni writes about his family is breathtaking." Publishers Weekly deemed Born Round a "powerful, honest book about desire, shame, identity and self-image."

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be was published by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, in March 2015 and was reissued in an expanded, updated paperback a year later. In a review of it in The Washington Post,[3] Wesleyan University President Michael Roth called it "a humane, measured book" with "lessons for a very wide audience indeed." Grand Central is set to publish Bruni's first cookbook, written with his Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer, in February 2017. Titled A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes from Mom's to Mario Batali's it includes recipes from such prominent chefs as Bobby Flay and April Bloomfield, in addition to Mario Batali.

Bruni has also done extensive reporting on religion and is the author, with Elinor Burkett, A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church. His freelance work has appeared in several magazines, including Conde Nast Traveler. A frequent commentator on television news shows, especially on CNN and MSNBC, Bruni also served as a guest judge on Top Chef and appeared briefly in the movie Julie & Julia. And in the spring of 2014, he taught a journalism seminar at Princeton University.[4]

In 2016, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association gave him its Randy Shilts Award for his career-long contribution to LGBT Americans. He was previously awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Newspaper Columnist in 2012 and 2013.[5]


Bruni is openly gay.[6] He has struggled with his eating and bulimia.[7][8]

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  • A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes", 2017 with Jennifer Steinhauer
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, 2015
  • Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, 2009
  • Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush, 2002
  • A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church, 1993 with Elinor Burkett

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