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Saul Friedman

Saul Friedman, a 1963 Nieman fellow, is a former White House correspondent for Newsday and Knight Ridder newspapers and now writes a weekly column, “Gray Matters,” dealing with senior issues, for Newsday.

He was a diplomatic correspondent for Newsday from 1989 to 1995 and White House reporter from 1986 to 1989. From 1975 to 1980 he was a national correspondent for Knight Ridder, and White House correspondent for that wire service from 1980 to 1984.

Friedman was an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1984 and 1985, and an adjunct professor there in 1985 and 1986.

Earlier, he wrote for the Detroit Free Press and the Houston Chronicle, where he was a general assignment reporter starting in 1953.

He has contributed to various publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and the Harvard Political Review.

Friedman has won numerous honors, including sharing a Pulitzer prize while at the Detroit Free Press for coverage of urban riots in 1967. In 1978, he was named one of Washington’s ten most outstanding journalists in a Washingtonian/American University Journalism School survey.

He is a graduate of New York City public schools and has a BA in philosophy from the University of Houston. He and his wife, Evelyn (Byron) Friedman, live in Edgewater, Maryland.



Will Democrats rescue Medicare? Will reporters even pay attention?
ASK THIS | January 30, 2007
Republicans under Gingrich began crippling Medicare, and Bill Clinton went along with it. Things have gotten a lot worse under Bush.

Allister Sparks used to come to the U.S. for inspiration, but he won't any more
COMMENTARY | January 16, 2007
A personal note from one ’62-’63 Nieman fellow to another, and in it a harsh repudiation of American newspapers and TV

As many as 7 million may be in the Medicare doughnut hole
ASK THIS | August 10, 2006
The hole could be eliminated through savings if the government negotiated lower prices with drug firms. Would Bush go along with that?

Shouldn't the press call Iraq's sectarian violence a civil war?
ASK THIS | August 07, 2006
Saul Friedman says government leaders don't call it civil war for obvious reasons, but it sure is one. So why is the press holding back?

Bush's fundamentalism seen as a decisive, negative factor in his policies
COMMENTARY | August 04, 2006
Former White House reporter Saul Friedman says that, for the first time in modern American history, a president’s religion is determining policies, and the press should do a better job reporting it.

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