Philip Henry Terzian (born 1950) is an American journalist. Since December 2018 he has been a contributing writer of ''The Washington Examiner
''. Before its closing in December 2018, he was Senior Writer at ''The Weekly Standard
,'' the journal of politics and culture founded by William Kristol
and Fred Barnes
in 1995, having served as Literary Editor during 2005–17. He is the author of ''Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century'' (Encounter Books
Life and career
Terzian is a native of Kensington, Maryland
, the son of Louise (Anderson) Terzian, an attorney and probate court judge, and L. A. Terzian, a microbiologist. His maternal grandfather, Cecil Whitaker Anderson, was an executive at American Stores in Philadelphia. His paternal grandparents were Armenian immigrants.
Terzian attended Montgomery County, Maryland
public schools, the Sidwell Friends School
in Washington, and was graduated from Villanova University
with a degree
in 1973. He did graduate work at Oxford University
under H.C.G. Mathew
, editor of the diaries of William Gladstone
, and earned a diploma in theological studies at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia
He worked as a reporter and editor at ''The Anniston Star'' in Alabama, Reuters and ''U.S. News & World Report''. During 1974-78 he was assistant editor of ''The New Republic''. He was associate editor of the ''Lexington Herald'' in Kentucky, assistant editor of the editorial pages of the ''Los Angeles Times'', and during 1986–92, was editor of the editorial pages at the ''Providence Journal''.
In 1970 he was a speechwriter for Lawrence O'Brien, then chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He later wrote speeches (1978–79) for U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
For two decades before joining ''The Weekly Standard'', Terzian wrote a column syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service, and reported from dozens of foreign countries. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary, a Pulitzer Prize juror, and has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has been a contributor to the ''Wall Street Journal'', ''The New Criterion'', ''Harper's'', ''The American Spectator'', the ''Times Literary Supplement'', London ''Sunday Telegraph,'' ''Commentary'', the ''Sewanee Review'' and other publications. A former member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he is a member of the American Council on Germany and the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.
The Weekly Standard biography.
Architects of Power (Encounter Books).
Category:American male journalists
Category:American people of Armenian descent
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Category:Villanova University alumni
Category:Alumni of Christ Church, Oxford
Category:Virginia Theological Seminary alumni
Category:People from Kensington, Maryland
Category:People from Oakton, Virginia
Category:American literary editors
Category:Journalists from Virginia
Category:The Providence Journal people