Skip to main content

Andrew Rosenthal, a professional in residence at the Annenberg Public Policy Center for the spring semester in 2017, is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, where he also does a weekly podcast titled “Good, Bad and Mad.” He was editorial page editor of the Times for nearly nine years, taking a report that was almost entirely in print and making it mostly digital. Rosenthal supervised the biggest expansion of the report in the paper’s history – including the creation of the Sunday Review commentary section and the documentary series Op-Docs, which won two Emmy awards and a Peabody award, among other recognitions.Rosenthal started at The Times in 1987. He was a political reporter covering the 1988 campaign, then was Pentagon correspondent and White House correspondent during the administration of George H.W. Bush. In that position, he covered the first Persian Gulf war and the 1992 campaign. From the end of 1992 until 1997, he was the Washington Editor, supervising all aspect of the bureau’s work.  From 1997-2003, Rosenthal was the foreign editor and in 2000, also was acting national editor, overseeing coverage of the 2000 campaign and the Florida recount. He became assistant managing editor for news on Sept. 11, 2001, and was the primary editor of the special section on the 9/11 attacks, A Nation Challenged. The section won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2002.Moving to the Editorial Department in the fall of 2003, Rosenthal was deputy editorial page editor and in 2007 became editorial page editor. In 2015, he led the creation of a series of editorials on gun control, including the first front-page editorial the Times had published in nearly a century. The series was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Before the Times, Rosenthal worked for The Associated Press in Denver, New York and Moscow. He also wrote for the Rocky Mountain News in 1977. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in American history in 1978. In 1964, he won the third-grade spelling bee at P.S. 183 in New York, on the word “necessary” and remains proud of that achievement.For his biography on the New York Times site, click here