‘N.Y. Times’ Returns Frank Rich to an Op-Ed Slot

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By: E&P Staff

In a surprise announcement, The New York Times said today that Frank Rich, associate editor and Sunday Arts & Leisure columnist, will be returning to the op-ed pages as a columnist on April 10.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Frank, whose distinct writing style and broad range of experience as a theater critic and observer of art, entertainment and politics, will be a great asset to the expanded Sunday Op-Ed,” said Gail Collins, editorial page editor, in a statement. “Our new, two-page Op-Ed section in the Sunday paper will give our readers what they have been requesting: more opinion pieces.”

Rich, 55, has been in his current position since 2003. He was previously a columnist on the op-ed page from 1994 to 2003. He started working at the Times in 1980 and served as chief drama critic until 1994.

The Times will expand its Sunday op-ed section to two pages beginning April 10.

Rich’s last Arts & Leisure column will appear March 27.

In a memo to staff, Executive Editor Bill Keller and Collins wrote: “In his time at The Times, Frank Rich has repeatedly set milestones in the world of critical journalism. … Meanwhile, his less public role as thinker, mentor, talent scout and newshound has been instrumental in the remaking of the Culture department. … As he has for the past two years, he will help us keep on top of trends in the cultural worlds and recruit and develop talent.”

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