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Gay Author Named NYT Op-Ed Columnist

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NEW YORK  – Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Frank Bruni has been named an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

The Times announced the appointment on its website Monday, saying Bruni would write about the week’s biggest stories from “a different or unexpected angle.”

Bruni’s new column will appear in the Times‘ redesigned Sunday op-ed pages.

The newspaper said Bruni will be “the first openly gay op-ed columnist” in its 160-year history. The 46-year-old told the newspaper he was “excited and really grateful.”

Bruni is the author of an account of George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign and a memoir.

He joined the Times in 1995 and was the newspaper’s chief restaurant critic for more than five years, beginning in 2004. He has also worked as the paper’s Rome bureau chief.

He was on a team that won a George Polk Award for metropolitan reporting in 1995.

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