An Evening with Frank Bruni

On Nov. 9, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Dr. Perman and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni talked politics and the media in the age of President Trump.

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Frank Bruni Bio

New York Times Columnist

Politics and the Media in the Age of Trump

Frank Bruni is a New York Times op-ed columnist whose career at the paper spans more than 20 years and includes stints as White House correspondent, chief restaurant critic, Rome bureau chief, and staff writer for the Sunday magazine. His columns, appearing twice a week in The Times, tackle diverse topics, including American politics, higher education, popular culture, and gay rights. He also appears frequently as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and PBS.

Bruni came to The Times from the Detroit Free Press, where he filled posts as a war correspondent, chief movie critic, and religion writer. At the Free Press, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his profile of a convicted child molester. 

Bruni is the author of three best-selling books: a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign, Ambling into History; a 2009 memoir, Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life; and a 2015 reflection on higher education, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. His newest book, A Meatloaf in Every Oven, is a collection of recipes and musings written with New York Times colleague Jennifer Steinhauer.

Bruni earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in journalism with highest honors from Columbia University, where he won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives in New York City.