Saul Friedman

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Saul Friedman
Born (1929-03-04) March 4, 1929 (age 90)
Died(2010-12-24)December 24, 2010
EducationUniversity of Houston
OccupationPolitical journalist, educator
Spouse(s)Evelyn Friedman
ChildrenLise Friedman Spiegel, Leslie Kriewald

Saul Friedman (March 4, 1929 – December 24, 2010) was an American political journalist and educator. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1968.[1]


Friedman graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in philosophy in 1956.[1] During his career, he wrote for the Houston Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press, Newsday, and for Knight Ridder newspapers. He won a 1963 Nieman Fellowship. His work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He was one member of a team[citation needed] that covered the 1967 Detroit riot for the Detroit Free Press. Next year they shared the Pulitzer Prize in Local General or Spot News Reporting (a predecessor of the Breaking News Pulitzer), citing "both the brilliance of its detailed spot news staff work and its swift and accurate investigation into the underlying causes of the tragedy."[2] Friedman also taught national and foreign affairs reporting at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for a year. In 1985, Friedman and his family moved to Edgewater, Maryland, where Friedman worked as a White House correspondent.[3] Friedman began working for Newsday, although he left to spend five months in South Africa teaching journalists. After his return[when?], Friedman wrote a weekly column called "Gray Matters" that covered issues affecting older people. After working there for more than twenty years, he quit Newsday in October 2009 over its decision to charge for its web content.[4] He began publishing his column in November 2009 in Time Goes By, a blog.[5]


Friedman died December 24, 2010 from a form of stomach cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Gray Matters matter, as a matter of fact". University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  2. ^ "Local General or Spot News Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Earl (December 28, 2010). "Edgewater resident, Pulitzer Prize winner Saul Friedman dies at 81". The Capital. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  4. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (November 1, 2009). "Columnist Quits After Newsday Starts Charging for Its Web Site". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Contributor, Saul Friedman". Time Goes By. Retrieved 2010-12-29.

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