Frank Bruni will be joining the NYT Sunday Op-Ed section, with another column tossed in during the week, according to the NYT Media Decoder blog. Bruni becomes the NYT first openly-gay op-ed writer and one of the few openly gay journalists in America with a weekly column.  Here’s the announcement from the NYT

“This column, which will be a new anchor feature of the section, will be a sharp, opinionated look at a big event of the last week, from a different or unexpected angle, or a small event that was really important but everyone seems to have missed, or something entirely different,” Mr. Rosenthal said. “It will fast become a destination for our readers with Frank at the keyboard.”

He added that Mr. Bruni would also write a column one other day of the week, most likely Thursday.

Mr. Bruni, 46, is the first gay op-ed columnist in The Times’s 160-year history. He said he would take on a wide variety of subjects in his writing.

Bruni was most recently the NYT restaurant critic, as well as writing for the paper’s Washington and Rome bureaus.

Congrats to Frank.