Frank Rich is a Writer at Large at New York magazine, writing on politics and culture. He engages in regular dialogues on news of the week for the "Daily Intelligencer" at nymag.com. Since 2008, Mr. Rich has also been a creative consultant at HBO, where he helps initiate and develop new programming. He was an Executive Producer of the award-winning HBO drama Succession, which ran for four seasons. He was also an Executive Producer of the long-running comedy series Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from its premiere in 2011 through its seven-season run. He executive produced an HBO limited series about the Watergate scandal titled The White House Plumbers which starred Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux and premiered in 2023. He is currently executive producer for a new movie for HBO about the rise and fall of George Santos.
Before joining New York, Rich had a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he was an Op-Ed columnist from 1994 to 2011, and the paper’s chief drama critic from 1980 to 1993. At the Times, he also was a senior writer for The New York Times Magazine.
Among other journalistic honors, Mr. Rich received the George Polk Award for commentary in 2005. In 2011 he received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. In 2016, he received the Mirror Award for Best Commentary from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Rich was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, in 1987 and 2005. For his career as a drama critic, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015.
Rich received Emmy Awards in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Veep, which was named Outstanding Comedy Series, and in 2020 for Succession, which was named Outstanding Drama Series. In 2020 he received the Golden Globe Award for Succession. He also won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama for Succession in 2022. He has won three Peabody Awards, for Succession (2020), for Veep (2017), and, in 2013, for Six by Sondheim, a documentary he executive produced for HBO. Six by Sondheim was also honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award. Another HBO documentary he executive produced, Becoming Mike Nichols, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
Rich has written about politics and culture for many publications. His book The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America was published by Penguin Press in 2006. His childhood memoir, Ghost Light, was published in 2000 by Random House. A collection of Mr. Rich’s drama reviews, Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993, was published by Random House in 1998. His book The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson, co-authored with Lisa Aronson, was published by Knopf in 1987.
Early in his career, Mr. Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine, film critic for the New York Post, and film critic and senior editor of New Times Magazine. He was a founding editor of The Richmond (Va.) Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970s.
Mr. Rich earned a B.A. degree in American History and Literature, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1971 and serving as Editorial Chairman of The Harvard Crimson.
Mr. Rich has two sons. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the journalist, author, and film producer Alex Witchel.
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