Linda Greenhouse has been the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times since 1978. In 1990, she was named a Senior Writer for the Times. In other assignments for the Times, she has also covered Congress and the New York State Legislature. For her coverage of the Supreme Court, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (beat reporting) in 1998. Her biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun, was published in May 2005 by Times Books/Henry Holt and issued in paperback in April 2006.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the council; an honorary member of the American Law Institute; and a member of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. In addition, she is a past vice president of the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C. and serves on the council of the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women, at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In addition to her print journalism duties, she has appeared regularly since 1980 on the PBS program Washington Week.
She has lectured at many universities, law schools, and judicial conferences. Recently, she has delivered the Alexander F. Morrison Lecture at the California State Bar’s 2005 annual meeting, the Fiscus Lecture at Skidmore College, the Foster C. Beck Memorial Lecture at Emory University, the Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture at the University of Virginia, and the John W. King Memorial Lecture at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In April 2004 she was the Libra Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Maine School of Law. During the 2004 and 2005 academic years, she served as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing at colleges and universities around the country.
The New York State Bar Association gave her its John Peter Zenger Special Media Award in 1993. In 2002, the American Law Institute made her an honorary member (with Anthony Lewis, the only non-lawyer admitted to membership) and awarded her its Henry J. Friendly medal for contributions to the law. In the same year, she received the Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute as well as the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”
In 2004, she received the President’s Special Award from the New York Women’s Bar Association as well as two journalism awards: the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2005, she received the 75th Anniversary medal from Boston College Law School; the William Green Award for Professional Excellence from the University of Richmond School of Law; and the Anvil of Freedom Award from the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. She received both the Radcliffe Medal and the Barnard College Medal of Distinction in 2006.