By Caroline Boyer, class of 2003
The winner of the William Allen White medal for 1995 was Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Goodman.
Goodman was born in Boston in 1941. After graduating cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1963, Goodman was hired as a researcher at Newsweek. She became a reporter for the Detroit Free Press in 1965, and then moved to the Boston Globe in 1967.
She began writing her columns for the Globe in 1971. Since then, she has won numerous awards. Goodman was at Harvard from 1973 to 1974 as a Nieman Fellow. Her column, which appears in over 400 newspapers, was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group in 1976. She became an associate editor of the Boston Globe in 1986.
Goodman was the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford.
"To be a columnist, however, you need two qualifications, nerve and endurance: the egocentric confidence that your view of the world is important enough to write and to be read, and the endurance to write day after day, year after year." — Ellen Goodman, John S. Knight Lecturer acceptance speech, 1996