On Monday, at its blog Media
Decoder, media giant The New York Times announced Frank
Bruni would become the paper's first openly gay op-ed columnist.
Bruni ascended to the post after more
than 15 years working in the trenches of the paper. He was named the
paper's chief restaurant critic in 2004.
“I'm excited and really grateful,”
Bruni, 46, said. “At The Times and beforehand, I've been
lucky to be able to write about many different topics, and I'm eager
to take on a job that will allow me to range across most or all of
them in a reflective, analytical and sometimes – I hope –
The upcoming column's substance isn't
fixed, said Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the paper's opinion pages.
It will be “a sharp, opinionated look
at a big event of the last week, from a different or unexpected
angle, or a small event that was really important but everyone seems
to have missed, or something entirely different.”
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