Jonathan Kay

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Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Hillel Kay (born September 18, 1968) is Comment Pages Editor for the Toronto-based Canadian daily newspaper National Post, a columnist for the Post op-ed page, a blogger for the Post web site, a book author and editor, and a public speaker. He is also a regular contributor to Commentary Magazine[1] and the New York Post. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of US publications including Newsweek,[2] The New Yorker,[3],[4] The New Republic,[5] Harper's Magazine,[6] the Los Angeles Times,[7] The Weekly Standard,[8] The Literary Review of Canada,[9] The National Interest[10] and The New York Times.[11]

Early life and career[edit]

Jonathan Kay was born and raised in Montreal. His mother is the socially conservative newspaper columnist Barbara Kay. He attended Selwyn House School and Marianopolis College before obtaining a BEng and a MEng[12] in metallurgical engineering from McGill University and a law degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the New York bar. After practicing as a tax lawyer in New York City, Kay moved to Toronto, where, in 1998, he became a founding member of the National Post editorial board. Kay describes himself as an avid tennis enthusiast, and sometimes has incorporated his passion for the sport into his journalism.[13]

Apart from his editorial work, Kay has also written two non-fiction books. In 2007, Kay co-authored The Volunteer, a biography of Mossad officer Michael Ross. In May 2011, HarperCollins published Kay's second book, Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground (ISBN 978-0-06-200481-9).[14] The book reflects Kay's interest in the psychology of conspiracy theorists, a subject he often has explored in his National Post columns.[15]

Reactions to Kay's writings[edit]

Kay often endorses views regarded as conservative, particularly on the subjects of Israel,[16] political correctness[17] and policy toward North American Aboriginals.[18] However, he also has dissented from conservatives on a variety of issues. In recent years, for example, he has written articles raising awareness about income inequality,[19] and questioning the conduct of the Iraq War.[20] Kay also supports same-sex marriage. In 2010, Kay argued that conservatives are wrong to continue challenging the majority scientific view on global warming.[21] In response, Financial Post columnist Terence Corcoran, a noted climate-change skeptic, argued that Kay's support of the anthropogenic climate change theory was based on unproven environmentalist dogmas.[22]

Kay's book critical of the claims made by the 9/11 Truth Movement, Among the Truthers, generally received positive reviews in major media outlets, such as The New York Times,[23] The Wall Street Journal,[24] and The Economist.[24]

Published books[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2002, he was awarded Canada's National Newspaper Award for Critical Writing. In 2004, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award for Editorial Writing. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.[25]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Pethokoukis, James. "Commentary Magazine". Commentary Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Newsweek". Newsweek. February 8, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Boggs, Danny J. (August 1, 2011). "New Yorker". New Yorker. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "''The New Republic''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "''Harper's Magazine''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kay, Jonathan (January 30, 2002). "''Los Angeles Times''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "''The Weekly Standard''". March 14, 2005. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks (December 1, 2010). "''The Literary Review of Canada''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ "''The National Interest''". October 3, 2001. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ Kay, Jonathan (January 3, 2002). "''The New York Times''". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ "eScholarship@McGill – Results – Full". August 20, 1996. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ National Post[dead link]
  14. ^ "Among the Truthers". Among the Truthers. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ National Post[dead link]
  16. ^ "''Jewish world Review''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ ational Post[dead link]
  18. ^ Post, National (October 23, 2007). "''National Post''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks (December 1, 2010). "''Review Canada''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ Post, National (October 17, 2006). "''National Post''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ "''National Post''". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ Terence Corcoran, "Terence Corcoran: Bad politics", The Financial Post, July 16, 2010
  23. ^ Heilbrunn, Jacob (May 13, 2011). "Book Review - Among the Truthers - By Jonathan Kay". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ a b Bunch, Sonny (May 7, 2011). "Book Review: Among the Truthers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  25. ^ Jonathan Kay's page at