Trish Hall '68
Trish’s career in journalism began at the Baldwin Hourglass. At Berkeley, she wrote for the school paper and did freelance work for the Associated Press. When Trish graduated from Berkeley, she worked for several newspapers in Connecticut before landing at The Wall Street Journal, covering the food industry. At The Wall Street Journal and later at The New York Times, Trish helped to define “new American cuisine” by writing about trends in cooking and dining in America in the 1970s. Trish served as Editor of the Living, Home, and Style sections in The New York Times beginning in 1986. Ten years later, she left the Times to become Executive Editor for Martha Stewart Living Magazine, but returned to the Times after a few years.
In 2004, Trish became the Sunday Business Editor. Here she helped to create the popular “Escapes” column. In 2005, Trish co-authored “A Little Work: The Truth Behind Plastic Surgery’s Park Avenue Façade.” As the Living / Style Editor at the Times, Trish oversaw the Real Estate, Dining, and Home sections. She helped to redesign the Real Estate section, refocusing it on residential rather than commercial properties, and for several years she wrote the “Habitats” column for the section.
She was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for Features in 2010, where she oversaw the Style and Travel sections and coordinated lifestyle coverage across the paper. After two decades at The New York Times, Trish was named Op-Ed Editor in 2011. She has organized talks and even written op-ed pieces giving people advice on how to get their op-ed pieces published in The New York Times.