Randy Cohen writes the weekly column "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine, syndicated by the Universal Press Syndicate as "On Ethics". Diane Sawyer interviewed him on three questions he's frequently asked: Should I tell if I discover that a friend's spouse is having an affair? How honest does my resume have to be? If my umbrella is missing, may I take another one from the pile? Cohen's thoughtful, judicious answers have a way of suddenly turning wry.
His first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for "Late Night With David Letterman" for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s "TV Nation." He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it.
He was the original head writer on the "The Rosie O’Donnell Show" for which he also co-wrote the theme music. For two years, he wrote and edited “News Quiz” for Slate, the online magazine.
Randy was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts as a music major studying composition. He is unable to account for either of these circumstances.
Randy is also the ethics columnist for the Times of London. The Good, the Bad and the Difference, a book based upon the column, was recently published in paperback by Broadway Books. He is a regular contributor to Weekend All Things Considered on National Public Radio.