Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thomas B Edsall

Thomas B Edsall is what the NY Times calls a “contributing political writer”, not a columnist. that means, I think, that his articles are not necessarily printed in the paper but are only accessible on-line. (I’m not sure since I don’t see the print edition.)

That’s really too bad since I’ve come to the realization that he’s the best columnist the Times has. Yes, even better than Krugman, who has to more or less confine himself to the dismal science.

Keep up with Edsall and you will get a lot smarter, and you won’t find that you’re just rehashing the current political gossip. Here’s a brief description from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Tom Edsall joined the full-time faculty here after a twenty-five year career at The Washington Post. During that time, he covered all aspects of national politics, including presidential elections, the House and Senate, lobbying, tax policy, demographic trends, social welfare, the politics of race and ethnicity, and organized labor. He is currently writing an online opinion column for The New York Times. Edsall is also a correspondent for The New Republic and has reported on politics for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. He has frequently contributed TV and radio commentary to CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, and NPR.

Edsall is the author of five books: “The Age of Austerity” (2012); “Building Red America” (2006); “Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics” (1992, a Pulitzer finalist in General Non-Fiction); “Power and Money: Writing About Politics” (1988); and “The New Politics of Inequality” (1984). He has written extensively for magazines, with articles appearing in American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Civilization, Dissent, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and the Washington Monthly. Awards include the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, the Bill Pryor Award of the Newspaper Guild, a yearlong fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and five Media Fellowships at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Edsall attended Brown University and received a B.A. from Boston University.

You can usually find him in The Opinion Pages in the Times. Click on Contributing Writers.