Robert Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (born December 14, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American conservative magazine editor, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator. He writes under the byline R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. but is known socially as Bob Tyrrell. He went to Indiana University where he was on the swim team under the notable coach James "Doc" Counsilman. While at Indiana University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, living in a chapter house where Steve Tesich resided.
In 2000, government investigations of The American Spectator caused Tyrrell to sell the magazine to venture capitalist George Gilder. In 2003, Gilder, having a series of financial and legal setbacks, resold the magazine to Tyrrell and the American Alternative Foundation, the organization under which the magazine was originally incorporated, for a dollar.
The Arkansas Project
Tyrrell was one of those behind the Arkansas Project, financed by Richard Mellon Scaife, to improve the Spectator's investigative journalism. He has explained the Project's purposes and accomplishments in his 2007 book, "The Clinton Crack-Up". Other books by Tyrrell include Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House (2003).
In 1972, Tyrrell married his first wife, Judy Mathews Tyrrell, by whom he had three children, including Anne E. Tyrrell, a company spokesperson for Blackwater, the privately held military contracting company. They divorced in 1988 and Tyrrell was married for a second time in 1998. Tyrrell is a practicing Catholic. Tyrrell is a 1961 graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, where he was on the swim team.
Tyrrell is the great-great-grandson of Patrick D. Tyrrell, an immigrant from Ireland and a detective of the United States Secret Service in the 1870s, involved in foiling the plot to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln in 1876.
In 1975, Tyrrell received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. He now serves on the Board of Selectors for Jefferson Awards.
- Spectator Sport; R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. New York Times July 3, 1994
- Swim team's legacy continues Indiana Daily Student July 26, 2004
- The American Spectator
- Arkansas Project Led to Turmoil and Rifts Washington Post May 2, 1999
- The American Spectator : Family Resemblances
- Tyrrell's weekly column at The American Spectator
- Emmett Tyrrell Features at Creators Syndicate
- Healing the Poll Wounds - Commentary in Washington Times
- Recent syndicated columns found at Townhall.com.
- Podcasts of Tyrrell's recent articles
- Booknotes interview with Tyrell on The Conservative Crack-Up, June 7, 1992.
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Tyrrell, May 6, 2007
- In Depth interview with Tyrrell, February 6, 2011
- A film clip "The Open Mind - "The Liberal Crackup" (1985)" is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]