Thomas Loren Friedman is a well-known American journalist, columnist, and author. He is also a Pulitzer Prize awarded and a writer for The New York Times. Most of the articles he writes are about foreign affairs, global trade, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues.
Friedman hails from St. Louis Park Minnesota. Born on July 20, 1953, he was the son of the vice president of United Bearing, Harold Abe Friedman and Margaret Blanche. He has two sisters named Shelly and Jane.
When he was still young, Friedman played tennis and golf due to the influence of his father. He even worked as a caddy for some golfers like Chi Chi Rodriguez.
He went to Hebrew school before attending St. Louis Park High School. There, he started writing articles for the school’s newspaper. A trip to Israel charmed Friedman which caused him to spend his high school summers in the country.
Afterwards, Friedman spent two years at the University of Minnesota but finished his college degree in Mediterranean at Brandeis University. He subsequently earned his M. Phil. in Mediterranean Studies at St. Anthony’s College at the University of Oxford.
Friedman is married to Ann (nee Bucksbaum), the daughter of the real estate developer Matthew Bucksbaum. They have two daughters named Orly and Natalie.
After finishing his masters, Friedman went to work for the London bureau of United Press International. He covered the Lebanon Civil War in Beirut from 1979 to 1981. Afterwards, he came working for The New York Times and came back to Beirut during the invasion of Lebanon by the Israelis in 1982. His works covering the Sabra and Shatila massacre earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He also received a George Polk Award which received together with David K. Shipler.
Friedman became the New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief from 1984 until 1988. His coverage of the First Palestinian Intifada earned him another Pulitzer in 1988. His book entitled From Beirut to Jerusalem won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1989.
1n 1992, Friedman started working as New York Times’ White House correspondent. He consequently started writing about foreign affairs in the publication. He was awarded with a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2002.
When he met the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in 2002, Friedman tried to convince him end the Arab-Israeli conflict. Abdullah then proposed the Arab Peace Initiative at the Beirut Summit in March 2002.
In 2004, Friedman was awarded the Overseas Press Club lifetime achievement award and was ordained by Queen Elizabeth II to become one of the Order of the British Empire.