U.S. Foreign Policy and the World
Mr. Stephens speaks about U.S. foreign policy and the forces that are shaping the world. He also speaks frequently about Israel and the myriad issues shaping the Middle East today.
Bret Stephens sought-out as contributor by MSNBC and NBC News
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens has signed as an on-air contributor by MSNBC and NBC News. A leading conservative voice who rose to prominence at The Wall Street Journal, where he was an awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Stephens said of his new role: "I think there's always merit in getting out of our ideological silos and being exposed to points of view with which we don't always agree.” Already in his new role, Stephens has appeared on Morning Joe and Deadline: White House numerous times, providing insightful and candid commentary on breaking news and top policy concerns.
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Bret Stephens for The New York Times
Foreign affairs expert and Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist Bret Stephens joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed Columnist. James Bennet, The Times editorial page director, announced Stephens’ role: “He’s a beautiful writer who ranges across politics, international affairs, culture and business, and, for The Times, he will bring a new perspective to bear on the news. From my own conversations with Bret, and with those who have had the privilege of working with him, I can tell you he is also a generous and thoughtful colleague with a deep sense of moral purpose and adventure about our work." Stephens has worked as a journalist in both the U.S. and Europe, gaining and international following for his in-depth and insightful commentary on foreign affairs. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul Gigot, commented on Stephen’s departure after 16 years: "As a features editor in the U.S., then editorial writer and editor in Europe, and an editorial writer and columnist based in New York, he has set a standard for excellence in journalism…"Read Stephens' columns for The New York Times >>
Bret Stephens became an op-ed columnist and associate editor for the New York Times in April, 2017. Before that, he spent 11 years as the author of “Global View,” the foreign-affairs column of the Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2013. He also served eight years as the Journal’s deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the newspaper’s global opinion section, as well as a member of the editorial board.
Mr. Stephens began his career at the Wall Street Journal in 1998 as an editor in New York, and later wrote editorials and articles for the newspaper from Brussels. In January 2002 he was named editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. At the Post, he was responsible for the newspaper’s news, editorial, digital and international editions, and also wrote a weekly column.
Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004. He has reported stories from around the world, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, and interviewed dozens of world leaders. In June 2017 he became a regular political analyst for MSNBC.
Mr. Stephens has twice been chairman of Pulitzer Prize juries and is a national judge of the prestigious Livingston Awards. He holds two honorary doctorates. In 2014 he was awarded the Professional Achievement Prize by the University of Chicago, a distinction he shares with composer Philip Glass, astronomer Carl Sagan, and Nobel laureate Gary Becker.
In 2014 Penguin published his book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Former Secretary of State George Shultz hailed the book as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded, and sensible foreign policy.”
Mr. Stephens was born in New York and raised in Mexico City. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago an MSc from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife Corinna, a classical music and opera critic for the New York Times, and their three children. The family divides its time between New York City and Hamburg, Germany.