The Weekly Standard

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William Kristol, Editor

In 1995, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, William Kristol founded a new magazine of politics and culture named The Weekly Standard. One of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and other Fox News programs.

Before starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H.W. Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Kristol co-founded the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) with Robert Kagan. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and a director of the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor

Fred Barnes is a co-founder of The Weekly Standard. After earning a B.A. from the University of Virginia, he spent several years with The Charleston News and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. He joined the Washington Star in 1979.

Barnes covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun, where he was the national political correspondent. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic..

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal.

Terry Eastland, Publisher

Terry Eastland has been publisher of The Weekly Standard since 2001. He was publisher of The American Spectator from 1997 to 2000, and editor of Forbes MediaCritic from 1993 to 1997. During the 1990s he was resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he wrote Energy in the Executive: The Case for the Strong Presidency (1992). During the Reagan presidency, he served as Director of Public Affairs for the Justice Department. Before that he worked for newspapers including The San Diego Union and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va.

His books include Counting by Race (1979), Ethics, Politics, and the Independent Counsel (1989), Religious Liberty in the Supreme Court (1993), and Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court (2000).

He has written for a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The American Spectator, The New Criterion, National Review, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, and The Public Interest.

Philip Terzian, Literary Editor

Philip Terzian has been Literary Editor of The Weekly Standard since 2005. He has been a journalist since the early 1970s: Reporter and editor at the Anniston (Ala.) Star, Reuters, and US News & World Report; assistant editor of The New Republic; assistant editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times; associate editor of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald; and editor of the editorial pages at The Providence Journal. During 1978–79 he was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

For 19 years Terzian wrote a syndicated column for the Scripps-Howard news service, He was a Pulitzer finalist for commentary, has reported from a dozen foreign countries, and has been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, Harper's, The American Spectator, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. He has been a Pulitzer juror and media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Christopher Caldwell, Senior Editor

Christopher Caldwell has been with The Weekly Standard since its inception in 1995. He writes a weekly column for the Financial Times and has contributed to Slate. His essays and reviews appear in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Andrew Ferguson, Senior Editor

Before joining TWS in 1995, Andrew Ferguson was senior editor at Washingtonian magazine. He has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and Forbes FYI, and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He has also written for The New Yorker, New York, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. In 1992, he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.

A collection of his essays, Fools Names, Fools Faces, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1996, and Land of Lincoln was released by Grove/Atlantic in 2007.

Victorino Matus, Senior Editor

Victorino Matus is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. He has been with the magazine since 1996 and has written on a variety of subjects, including military history, German politics, pop culture, and food and drink. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard and in other publications, including Policy Review, National Review, Armed Forces Journal, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian magazine, and the Washington Post. He has also provided commentary for CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, and the BBC. Vic is a graduate of Georgetown University. He is currently working on a book, Vodka: An Illustrated History for Lyons Press due out in 2014. He can also be found at and on Twitter @VictorinoMatus.

Lee Smith, Senior Editor

Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, where he writes on foreign affairs, national security and the Middle East. He has lived and studied in the Middle East and travels extensively to report on regional issues, from Israel, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria to the Persian Gulf. A fellow at the Washington, DC-based think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Smith is the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (Doubleday, 2010). He is a frequent guest on radio and television in the United States and the Middle East.

Mark Hemingway, Senior Writer

Mark Hemingway has written for The Wall Street Journal,,The New York Sun, The Johns Hopkins Journal of American Politics and numerous other publications. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked at The Washington Examiner, National Review, Market News International, The American Spectator and USA Today. He has appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He was the recipient of a Gold Award journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation in 2003 and was a Global Prosperity Initiative fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 2003 and 2004.

Matt Labash, Senior Writer

Before joining the Standard in '95, Labash worked for the Albuquerque Monthly, Washingtonian Magazine, and The American Spectator. In 2002, Labash was selected by Columbia Journalism Review as one of "Ten Young Writers on the Rise." Labash graduated from the University of New Mexico.

"Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard is consistently one of the best magazine writers in the country," David Brooks, editorial columnist for The New York Times wrote in his December 25, 2007 column. Brooks named Labash as one of the winners of the "Sidney Awards" - the columnist's annual naming of the articles he considers the best of the year.

Jonathan Last, Senior Writer

Jonathan V. Last has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post,, Slate, The Washington Times, The New York Press, and other publications. He has appeared on CNN, Sky News, and the Fox News Channel.

Stephen F. Hayes, Senior Writer

Stephen F. Hayes is author of "The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America." A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and DePauw University, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, Salon, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

Jay Cost, Staff Writer

Jay Cost writes the twice-weekly "Morning Jay" column for the Weekly Standard and was previously a writer for RealClearPolitics and a popular political blogger. Cost received a BA in government from the University of Virginia and an MA in political science from the University of Chicago. His most recent political book, Spoiled Rotten, was published by Harper Collins in May.

Kelly Jane Torrance, Assistant Managing Editor

Kelly Jane Torrance is assistant managing editor of The Weekly Standard. She is also the film critic for The Washington Examiner. Her work has also been published in, among other venues, the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union-Tribune, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, New York Sun, National Review, Reason, and the New Criterion. She appears regularly on the Fox Business Channel. A native of Canada, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Philosophy from the University of British Columbia.

Michael Warren, Reporter

Michael Warren joined the Weekly Standard in 2010, where he reports on politics and government. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he has been published in the Washington Times, National Review Online, and the Washington Examiner. He contributed to the 2010 book, Proud to Be Right. He has appeared on television and radio, including C-SPAN, and is a 2012 Phillips Foundation Robert C. Novak journalism fellow. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

P.J. O'Rourke, Contributing Editor

P.J. O'Rourke has established himself as America's premier political satirist. He is the best-selling author of 16 books. A savvy guide to national and world affairs, O'Rourke has written for such diverse publications as Car & Driver, PARADE, House and Garden, Automobile, Forbes FYI, The Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone, where he was the foreign-affairs desk chief for 15 years. He is the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Charles Krauthammer, Contributing Editor

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold, lucid and original writing — from People for the American Way (which presented him its First Amendment Award) to the Bradley Foundation (which awarded him their first $250,000 Bradley Prize).

Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 240 newspapers worldwide.

Noemie Emery, Contributing Editor

Noemie Emery is a Washington journalist who writes regularly on culture and politics for The Weekly Standard and also writes for Commentary, Women's Quarterly, and National Review. Her book reviews have appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Times, and the Washington Post. She is the author of two biographies, Washington and Alexander Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait.

Irwin M. Stelzer, Contributing Editor

Irwin Stelzer is a senior fellow and director of Hudson Institute's economic policy studies group. Prior to joining Hudson Institute in 1998, Stelzer was resident scholar and director of regulatory policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He also is the U.S. economic and political columnist for The Sunday Times (London) and The Courier Mail (Australia), a member of the Advisory Board of The American Antitrust Institute and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Mary Katharine Ham, Contributing Editor

Mary Katharine Ham is a video producer and writer for Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller and hosts a morning radio show on 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C. A Fox News contributor, she appers weekly on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program, and frequently contributes to other Fox News shows, such as "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" and "America's Newsroom". She previously worked for and The Heritage Foundation.

Matt Continetti, Associate Editor

Matthew Continetti is a recent graduate of Columbia University. He joined The Weekly Standard in 2004. He is the author of The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine (Doubleday, 2006) and The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star (Sentinel, 2009). A 2008 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, his articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Financial Times.