Frank Bruni, the longtime New York Times writer and onetime chief restaurant critic, has just been named as the paper's newest op-ed columnist.
According to an email sent to Times staffers by Opinion Pages editor Andrew Rosenthal, Bruni will write a column in the paper’s redesigned Sunday op-ed section. “This column, which will be a new anchor feature of the section, will be a sharp, opinionated look at a big event of the last week, from a different or unexpected angle, or a small event that was really important but everyone seems to have missed, or something entirely different,” Rosenthal said.
The new Sunday op-ed pages will be renamed Sunday Review, Rosenthal explained in the email, and will be run by the editorial department rather than the newsroom. The section will focus on opinion pieces by the newspaper’s columnists and outside contributors.
Bruni also plans to write a column one other weekday, most likely Thursday. “He is a net addition to our lineup, not a replacement for anyone or anything,” Rosenthal said. Bruni's column will appear in the first edition of the redesigned Sunday section.