Jacob Weisberg (born 1964) is an American political journalist, who served as editor-in-chief of The Slate Group
, a division of Graham Holdings Company
. In September 2018, he left Slate to Co-found Pushkin Industries, an audio content company, with Malcolm Gladwell.
Weisberg was also a ''Newsweek
'' columnist. He served as the editor of ''Slate
'' magazine for six years before stepping down in June 2008. He is the son of Lois Weisberg
, a Chicago social activist and municipal commissioner.
Weisberg's father, Bernard Weisberg, was a Chicago lawyer and judge. His parents were introduced at a cocktail party by novelist Ralph Ellison
. His mother is Lois Weisberg
. His brother is former CIA
officer and television writer and producer Joe Weisberg
Weisberg graduated from Yale University
in 1986, where he worked for the ''Yale Daily News
''. When a junior, he was offered membership in Skull and Bones
by then lieutenant governor of Massachusetts John Kerry
. But he declined the offer, citing the club's exclusion of women.
Weisberg was persuaded by ''The Washington Posts Robert G. Kaiser
to join Elihu Society
. After Yale he attended New College, Oxford
on a Rhodes Scholarship
Weisberg is currently the CEO of Pushkin Industries, a media company focused on audio content, which he co-founded with Malcolm Gladwell
. Pushkin focuses on creating new podcasts, audiobooks and short-form audio content.
The company produces the podcast ''Revisionist History
'', hosted by Gladwell, which was previously produced through Panoply Media
, a division of Slate Group
. Until September 2018, Weisberg was the Editor in Chief of Slate Group.
Previously, he was a commentator on National Public Radio
. He also worked for ''The New Republic
'' in Washington, D.C., and was a contributing writer for ''The New York Times Magazine
'' and a contributing editor to ''Vanity Fair
''. He has served as a columnist for the ''Financial Times
''. Early in his career, he worked for ''Newsweek
'' in the London and Washington bureaus. Weisberg has also worked as a freelance
journalist for numerous publications.
The creator and author of the ''Bushism
s'' series, Weisberg published ''The Bush Tragedy
'' in 2008. He is also the author, with former Goldman Sachs
executive and Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin
, of the latter's memoir, ''In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington'', which was a ''New York Times'' bestseller
as well as one of ''Business Week
''s ten best business books of 2003.
Weisberg's first book, ''In Defense of Government'', was published in 1996.
He chaired the judging panel for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize
for excellence in non-fiction writing.
Weisberg is married to style and fashion journalist Deborah Needleman
, formerly editor-in-chief
of ''T:The New York Times Style Magazine
'' editor of ''domino'' magazine
*What Are Impeachable Offenses?
' September 28, 2017 issue of New York Review Books, with Noah Feldman
Short bio of Weisberg
– Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Video (and audio) debate/conversation with Jacob Weisberg
and David Frum
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