Ellen Goodman

About Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman, who was a longtime syndicated columnist for The Boston Globe and the Washington Post Writers Group, has spent most of her life chronicling social change and its impact on American life. The Pulitzer Prize-winner continues that tradition from her observation post now as a writer, speaker and commentator.

Goodman began her career as a researcher for Newsweek magazine in the days when only men wrote for the newsweekly. She landed a job as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press in 1965 and, in 1967, for The Boston Globe, where she began writing her column in 1974. The Washington Post Writers Group syndicated her column from 1976 to 2010.

A 1963 cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, Goodman served as a Nieman Fellow from 1973-1974 at Harvard University, where she studied the dynamics of social change. In 2007, she was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she studied gender and the news. As the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism, she taught at Stanford University in 1996.

Goodman’s first book, 1979’s “Turning Points,” detailed the effect of the changing roles of women on the family. Six collections of her columns also have been published. She is co-author with Patricia O’Brien of “I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives,” published in 2000. Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1980. She has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award.