Samuel G. Freedman
Samuel G. Freedman is an American
United States
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 and journalist
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 and currently a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
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. He has authored six nonfiction books, including most recently Who She Was, a book about his mother's life as a teenager and young woman, and Letters to a Young Journalist. Freedman has also won the National Jewish Book Award in 2000 in the Non-Fiction category for Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry., and his book The Inheritance was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
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. Additionally, he currently writes The New York Times
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column "On Religion" and The Jerusalem Post
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column "In the Diaspora."


Born on October 3, 1955 in Lenox Hill Hospital
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 in New York
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, Freedman was raised in Highland Park, New Jersey
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, along with his younger brother and sister. His father, David Freedman co-founded the biotech company
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 New Brunswick Scientific (now a subsidiary of Eppendorf
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), and his mother, Eleanor (née
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 Hatkin) was the subject of his book, Who She Was. A paper boy in his youth, Freedman went on to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison
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 after graduating Highland Park High School. After receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism and history in 1977, Freedman went on to work at the now-defunct subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune
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, the Suburban Trib
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. Before publishing his first book, Small Victories, and gaining his professorship at Columbia University
Columbia University
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, Freedman was a staff reporter for the Culture
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 section of The New York Times.

"There are very few journalists in Sam Freedman's league," notes novelist Robert O'Brian. "His empathy, his intellect, his discipline, experience, and warmth, are immediately apparent even to the casual reader."

His brother is Ken Freedman
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, General Manager of radio station WFMU
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