Samuel G. Freedman writes the “On Religion” column for The New York Times. From 2004 through 2008, he wrote the “On Education” column; he was a staff reporter for The Times from 1981 through 1987.
Mr. Freedman is a tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2012, he received Columbia University’s coveted Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is the author of six books and his seventh, Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, will be published in August 2013. His book Small Victories was a finalist for the 1990 National Book Award and The Inheritance was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Upon This Rock won the 1993 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. Four of Freedman’s books have been listed among The New York Times’ Notable Books of the Year. Jew vs. Jew won the National Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2001.
A regular columnist on American Jewish issues for the Jerusalem Post from 2005 through 2009, Mr. Freedman has also contributed to numerous other publications and websites, including USA Today, New York, Rolling Stone, Salon, Tablet, and BeliefNet.