New York Times Columnist to Deliver Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture

Author and New York Times columnist Frank Rich will visit Yale Thursday, February 8 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Author and New York Times columnist Frank Rich will visit Yale Thursday, February 8 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Rich will deliver the annual Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture on the topic “Journalism Unplugged: The Triumph of 24/7 Media.” The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery (enter on High Street). The event is free and open to the public.

Rich has been a columnist on the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times since 1994. His 1,400-word opinion piece, under the title “Journal,” runs every other Saturday in the newspaper. Since 1999, he has also been a senior writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Prior to writing his column, Rich served as The Times’ chief drama critic since 1980. During the presidential campaign year of 1992, Rich joined the Times’ Washington reporter Maureen Dowd to write a daily column at the political conventions. They revived their column for the week of the presidential inauguration in 1993.

In addition to his work at The Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for many other publications, including The New Republic, Esquire and The Washington Monthly. His latest book, a childhood memoir titled “Ghost Light,” was published last year. His other books include a collection of drama reviews titled “Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993” and “The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson,” which he coauthored with Lisa Aronson.

Before joining The New York Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he had been a film critic for the New York Post and a film critic and senior editor of New Times magazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond (Virginia) Mercury, a weekly newspaper in the early 1970s.

Rich earned his B.A. in American history and literature at Harvard University in 1971. At Harvard, he was the editorial chair of The Harvard Crimson and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

The Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture honors the man who served as Yale’s director of public affairs and special assistant to the president from 1994 until his death in 1997. Prior to joining Yale, Fryer spent eight years as a top appointee in the administration of former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo. The lecture in his honor focuses on the ethical responsibilities of those involved in government, higher education and communications.

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