Thomas B. Edsall

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Thomas B. Edsall
Thomas Byrne Edsall

(1941-08-22) August 22, 1941 (age 79)
OccupationJournalist, author, professor

Thomas Byrne Edsall (born August 22, 1941) is an American journalist and academic.[1] He is best known for his weekly opinion column for The New York Times online[2] and for his 25 years covering national politics for the Washington Post.[3]

Life and career[edit]

From 2006 to 2014, Edsall served as the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Public Affairs Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,[3] where he continues to teach in an adjunct capacity.[4] In 2011, he became a weekly opinion columnist for the New York Times,[5] where he currently continues.[2] Previously, he covered national politics for the Washington Post from 1981 to 2006; politics for The Baltimore Sun (1967–1981); served as a VISTA volunteer (1966–1967); and wrote for The Providence Journal (1965).[5] He was the political editor of the Huffington Post from 2007 to 2009,[6] a correspondent for The New Republic from 2006 to 2013 and for the National Journal from 2006 to 2007.[3] In November and December 2006, Edsall was a guest columnist for the print edition of the New York Times Op-Ed page.[7][8]

Edsall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Richard Linn Edsall and Katherine Byrne.[9] He attended Brown University before receiving his B.A. from Boston University in 1966. He is married and lives in New York and Washington, D.C., with his wife, Mary (daughter of Karl Deutsch),[9] with whom he co-authored the book Chain Reaction.[10]

Awards and fellowships[edit]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Edsall on Chain Reaction, December 15, 1991, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Edsall on The Age of Austerity, January 27, 2012, C-SPAN
  • 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.


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  2. ^ a b "Thomas B. Edsall". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Thomas B. Edsall". Faculty. Columbia Journalism School. Archived from the original on January 3, 2016. Includes link to curriculum vitae, October 22, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tom Edsall". Columbia Journalism School. Columbia University. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Opinionator: Thomas B. Edsall". New York Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Charlip, Lauren (May 7, 2007). "Movers". Mediaweek. 17 (19): 27.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Greg (November 25, 2006). "Despite Election Results, Edsall Still Sees 'Red'". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  8. ^ Edsall, Thomas (November 26, 2006). "Edsall Responds to 'E&P' Editor's Critique". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Mary Deutsch Wed To Thomas Edsall". The New York Times. August 23, 1965. p. 34.
  10. ^ "The University Record". Thomas, Mary Edsall to deliver Yablonky Lecture. University of Michigan. November 2, 1992. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Shapiro Fellow – Thomas B. Edsall". School of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Markwell Media Award". Section: Past Winners. ISPP: International Society of Political Psychology. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "The 1992 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "Edsall, Thomas Byrne". Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC). University of Virginia. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Post Reporter Wins Carey McWilliams Award". The Washington Post. June 4, 1994. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2012.

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