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

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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