Bari Weiss

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Bari Weiss
Alma materColumbia University
EmployerThe New York Times
Spouse(s)Jason Kass

Bari Weiss is an American journalist. In 2017 Weiss joined The New York Times as a staff editor in its opinion section.

Early life and education[edit]

Bari Weiss was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Lou and Amy Weiss.[1] She grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, and graduated from Pittsburgh's Community Day School and Shady Side Academy.[1] She attended The Tree of Life Synagogue and had her Bat Mitzvah there.

Weiss is a 2007 graduate of Columbia University. Weiss was a Wall Street Journal Bartley Fellow in 2007. Weiss was a Dorot Fellow from 2007–2008 in Jerusalem.[2]

As a student at Columbia, Weiss founded the Columbia Coalition for Sudan in response to the situation in Darfur. She was also a co-founder of Columbians for Academic Freedom. The group said that professors were intimidating students who expressed ideas in classroom discussions that the professors disagreed with.[3] Weiss said that she felt intimidated in a class by Joseph Massad.[4][5][3][6]


Weiss was news and politics editor at Tablet from 2011 to 2013. She was associate book review editor at The Wall Street Journal from 2013 until April 2017, when she moved to The New York Times as an editor in the opinion section.[7][8] In 2018 she generated controversy related to a written opinion piece about the #MeToo Movement,[9] as well as with a tweet regarding Mirai Nagasu.[10] In 2018, Weiss was a guest panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher on three different episodes, in which she discussed social justice issues.[11] She made a fourth appearance that season, as a solo guest, to discuss the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Weiss grew up in that synagogue and personally knew some of the victims.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Weiss was married to Jason Kass, the founder of Toilets for People.[13]


  1. ^ a b Tabachnick, Toby (October 27, 2017). "Times opinion editor, 'Burgh native Bari Weiss, talks "news, Jews and views"". Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. 60 (43). p. 1,16. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bari Weiss". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Roth, Jordan (May 26, 2005). "An academic freedom fighter". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Analysis: Columbia University Deals With Recent Charges of Anti-Semitism on Campus. Alex Chadwick and Mike Pesca, NPR, April 1, 2005
  5. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (March 31, 2005). "Columbia Panel Clears Professors Of Anti-Semitism". New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Hentoff, Nat (April 13, 2005). "Columbia Whitewashes". Village Voice. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bari Weiss Joins 'New York Times' Opinion Section". Tablet. April 14, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Top Journalists Eli Lake and Bari Weiss Honored at Algemeiner Summer Benefit". Algemeiner Journal. July 14, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Sliming of Bari Weiss". National Review. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  10. ^ "The Bari Weiss problem". The Outline. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  11. ^ "Real Time with Bill Maher - 4 - Episode 449". HBO. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ "Weiss to Maher: U.S. Jews Traded Trump Their Values for Israel - After Pittsburgh We Know It's Not Worth It". Haaretz. November 4, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bari Weiss on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-23.

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