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Amherst native Goldberg is named New York Times opinion columnist

The New York Times on Wednesday named Amherst native Michelle Goldberg one of its Opinion columnists, one of the more high-profile positions in journalism.

Goldberg is a University at Buffalo graduate who has a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She has a column at Slate and previously worked as a senior writer for, and her work has appeared in the Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New Republic and the Nation, among other outlets.

She is the author of three books, “Kingdom Coming: the Rise of Christian Nationalism"; “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World”; and “The Goddess Pose: the Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West."

"Michelle knows how to deliver big ideas through great stories, and to do the hard reporting to support both. She knows how to write fast and forcefully off the news and how to structure a complex, magazine-length argument," the Times said in a statement about her appointment, which begins in about two weeks.

Goldberg lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Her father, Gerald, is a former managing editor of The Buffalo News.

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