About Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop covers the waterfront of politics, economics and culture with an unconventional approach. She takes public policy quite seriously. Herself, less so.

Despite some liberal tendencies, or because of them, Harrop has great affection for tradition. She also respects the profit motive, a reflection of years reporting on business and economics. But there are limits.

Recipient of numerous awards and honors, Harrop has worked on the Reuters business desk, edited economics reports for The New York Times News Service and served on the Providence Journal editorial board. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Institutional Investor.

Harrop’s been seen on MSNBC and PBS and heard on NPR and many other radio outlets. And she is currently a contributor to CNN Opinion.

Raised in the Long Island suburbs, Harrop attended New York University. She now lives in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island.


Not Much Romance in Santa's Toy Warehouse Dec 05, 2019

A fixture of family Christmas movies is worldly-wise children recovering some of their innocence. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) provides an early example. The new animated film "Klaus" (on Netflix) does not stray from this theme. Children living o... Read More


Warren's Problems Go Beyond Health Care Dec 03, 2019

Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical — both the price and the part that would force over 150... Read More


Astoundingly, the Republican Attack Machine Targets the Military Nov 28, 2019

The focus here isn't President Donald Trump. He is a creature unto himself. Rather, this is about his spineless political party, which stands mute, or even supportive, as he breaks U.S. military discipline, morale and leadership. The GOP used to be ... Read More


The Zen of Thanksgiving Nov 26, 2019

Editor's Note: The following is a revised version of a column first published in November 2002.
Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. But there is something almost un-American about it. It is a d... Read More