Thank You for Being Late

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Thomas L. Friedman

Author, Columnist, The New York Times


January 11th, 2017 at 1pm at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Although he grew up in Minnesota wanting to be a professional golfer, Thomas L. Friedman found his calling in high school thanks to a devoted journalism teacher and a family vacation to Israel. Today he is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist; the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes; and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem (which won the National Book Award in 1989) and The World Is Flat (published 2007).  His most recent book, published this fall, is entitled Thank You for Being Late, an Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, and is described as his most ambitious work to date. 

Mr. Friedman has been the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, since 1995. He joined the newspaper 35 years ago, served as Beirut bureau chief in 1982, Jerusalem bureau chief in 1984, as diplomatic correspondent in Washington in 1989, and later White House correspondent and economic correspondent.  For his work, Mr. Friedman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. 

After 9/11, Mr. Friedman began making documentaries for The New York Times–Discovery Channel joint venture. Over the next few years he co-produced, reported, and narrated six productions. He also served as a correspondent for Showtime networks’ climate change documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which won an Emmy Award.

Mr. Friedman attended the University of Minnesota and received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975. He later received a Master of Philosophy degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford University.