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Frank Bruni

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, Former Chief Restaurant Critic for the New York Times, and Bestselling Author of Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite

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Biography

Frank Bruni was named an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in June 2011. Before that, he was the paper’s chief restaurant critic for five and a half years. Since joining the Times in 1995, he has also been the Rome bureau chief, a White House correspondent, the lead reporter covering George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, a staff writer for the The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and a cocktails columnist. His restaurant-related articles for the Times and elsewhere have appeared in five consecutive editions of Best Food Writing in America. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his work before the Times at the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City.

Speaking Topics

  • Politics

    Throughout his career at the Times, Frank has been a political reporter, and he frequently comments about American politics in his current twice-weekly Op-Ed column, delving into voter habits, politicians' psyches, and more. He can speak about the state of American politics, the nature and nuttiness of American campaigns, and the shortcomings and strengths of our system. From 1999 to 2001, he covered George W. Bush's presidential campaign and White House, and he wrote the New York Times-bestselling Ambling into History: the Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush.

  • The First Openly Gay Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times

    When Frank was named an Op-Ed columnist in June 2011, he became the first openly gay or lesbian person in that post in the Times' 160-year history, and he has written about gay issues in his column. He can speak about the fight for gay marriage, about gay rights in general, and about being an openly gay man on the front lines of American journalism. He covered a president who knew he was gay; he wrote restaurant reviews that were sometimes analyzed through the prism of his sexual orientation. He can also discuss the ways, and degrees, by which many workplaces (as exemplified by the New York Times) welcome their openly LGBT employees.

  • Born Round

    Frank discusses some of the themes explored in his New York Times bestselling book Born Round: childhood obesity; diet and fitness; the restaurant industry; the restaurant scene, and being the New York Times restaurant critic.

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Featured Book

Born Round

"Born Round is as addictive as Chinese sesame noodles and as satisfying as Grandma Bruni's lasagna."

– Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

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