A Massachusetts native, journalist, speaker and commentator Ellen Goodman was born on this date in 1941, and her reporting and commentary have always "got it right."
Wanting to be a historian, she earned her first degree in that field but then quickly gravitated to writing after taking a “temporary” job in 1963 as a researcher at Newsweek magazine. With reporting credits for the Detroit Free Press and the Boston Globe,where she first tried out her award-winning social commentary column, she's been a keen observer of the human condition, speaking out on social issues and presenting thoughts and ideas read millions around the globe.
The first woman to be published on a major newspaper's Op-Ed Page and the first to have a regular column, she has been a member of the Washington Post Writers Group since 1976. Her ground-breaking writings have not only tackled the most important social issues of our day, but have inspired writers for the past four decades.
Author of 8 books, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, she also has earned the American Society of News Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, and the National Women’s Political Caucus President's Award.
And in 2008, she was honored with the Ernie Pyle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and noted, “I think that having a job in journalism, despite all of the changes, is still a fantastic way to be – to make a living observing your society and having a chance to use your voice.”
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