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New York Times Supreme Court Reporter Linda Greenhouse

Steve Sanders interviews Linda Greenhouse, who reported on the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times for 30 years.

Linda Greenhouse, sitting with chin resting on right palm, wearing round-framed glasses, open-necked striped shirt, smiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Yale Law School

Linda Greenhouse

It was a shock to me when I applied to [the Boston Herald] for a job after graduation. Even though they had printed many of my stories and paid me, they wouldn’t give me an interview because the newsrooms of America were not interested in hiring women.

Linda Greenhouse began her 40-year career at The New York Times covering state government in the paper’s bureau in Albany. She currently writes a biweekly column for the Times about the Supreme Court and the law.

She is a journalist in residence and a lecturer at Yale Law School and has been a regular guest on PBS’s Washington Week.

Greenhouse has won numerous awards including the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association. In 1998, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Beat Reporting) for her coverage of the United States Supreme Court.

Greenhouse is co-author of Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling, and author of The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right, Becoming Justice Blackmun, and most recently, The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction.

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