Michael Hirsh is a former foreign editor and chief diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek. He is now a senior editor in the magazine's Washington bureau. He was a member of JournoList. He is a lecturer and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and is a frequent guest of The Young Turks, a streaming internet political talk show. In addition to Newsweek, he has also written for Foreign Affairs, Harper's, and Washington Monthly. Hirsh was co-winner of the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 for "prescience in identifying the al Qaeda threat half a year before the September 11 attacks and for Newsweek's coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award. He lives in Washington, D.C. He is of Jewish background.