Thomas L. Friedman '75


Foreign Affairs Columnist, the New York Times
Elected 1995
Alumni Term Trustee, 1994–95

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter and columnist. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of five bestselling books.

Thomas is the author of "From Beirut to Jerusalem" (1989); "Israel: A Photobiography" (1998); "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization" (1999); "Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World in the Age of Terrorism" (2003); "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century" (2005); "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, And How It Can Renew America" (2008); and co-author of "That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World and How We Can Come Back" (2011).

Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon), the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel), and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. In 2004, he was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club's lifetime achievement award.

Thomas was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2000 and 2005. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Brandeis University, Macalester College, Haverford College, the University of Minnesota, Hebrew Union College, Williams College, Washington University in St. Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Grinnell College, and the University of Delaware.

At Brandeis, Friedman has been a guest lecturer or a participant in many events, including the Milton Gralla Lecture Series in Journalism, Founders' Day Weekend, and a member of the Journalism Program Advisory Board. 

Friedman received his B.A. summa cum laude at Brandeis University in 1975 and studied in England on a Marshall Scholarship, receiving his M.A. at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford in 1978. He went on to receive his L.H.D. at Brandeis University in 1988, as well as Macalester University, Haverford University and Hebrew Union College.