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When did Thomas Friedman begin writing a column for the New York Times?

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Thomas Friedman first began writing on the editorial page of the New York Times in 1995. He has worked at the paper since 1981, originally serving as a field reporter in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

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Before the Times, Friedman worked for United Press International in its London bureau. He later covered the Lebanese civil war in Beiruit before moving to the Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting during the 1982 war and was named Jerusalem bureau chief in 1984. In 1988 he won a second Pulitzer and was named to the prestigious post of White House Correspondent for the Times in 1992.

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