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Bari Weiss
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Alma materColumbia University
EmployerThe New York Times
Spouse(s)Jason Kass

Bari Weiss is an American opinion writer and editor. In 2017, Weiss joined The New York Times as a staff editor in the 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.[2] After high school Weiss went to Israel on a Nativ gap year program.[3]

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 to 2008 in Jerusalem.[4]

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 pro-Israel sentiments in classroom discussions that the professors disagreed with.[5] Weiss said that she felt intimidated in a class by Joseph Massad.[6][7][5][8] The New York Civil Liberties Union said the Columbians for Academic Freedom actually threatened academic freedom at the university.[9]


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.[10][11] In 2018 she criticized the #MeToo Movement.[12] In 2018, Weiss was a guest panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher on three episodes during which she discussed social justice issues.[13] She made a fourth appearance that season, as a solo guest, to discuss the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Weiss grew up in that synagogue and knew some of the victims.[14]

Political views[edit]

Although Weiss has been described as conservative by Haaretz, The Times of Israel, The Daily Dot and Business Insider,[15][16][17][18] she describes herself as a "left-leaning centrist."[19] According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "her writing, which includes criticism of the right and the left, doesn't lend itself easily to labels."[20] According to Washington Post reporter Avi Selk, Weiss "portrays herself as a liberal uncomfortable with the excesses of left-wing culture."[21] Vanity Fair describes Weiss as "a liberal humanist whose guiding principle is free expression in art, love, and discourse."[2]

Weiss has expressed support for Israel and Zionism in her columns. When writer Andrew Sullivan described her as an "unhinged Zionist", she responded saying she "happily plead[s] guilty as charged."[22] In 2018, she said she believed the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but that they should not disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court, because he was 17 when he allegedly committed the assault.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Weiss is married to Jason Kass, the founder of Toilets for People,[23] a company designing and manufacturing waterless self-contained composting toilets. While attending Columbia University, she dated future Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon.[24]



  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. ^ a b Peretz, Evgenia (April 24, 2019). "Mad About Bari Weiss: The New York Times Provocateur the Left Loves to Hate". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Jessica (November 5, 2002). "Israel programs see huge decrease". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bari Weiss". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Roth, Jordan (May 26, 2005). "An academic freedom fighter". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Analysis: Columbia University Deals With Recent Charges of Anti-Semitism on Campus. Alex Chadwick and Mike Pesca, NPR, April 1, 2005
  7. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (March 31, 2005). "Columbia Panel Clears Professors Of Anti-Semitism". New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Hentoff, Nat (April 13, 2005). "Columbia Whitewashes". Village Voice. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "NYCLU Defends Academic Freedom At Columbia University". New York Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bari Weiss Joins 'New York Times' Opinion Section". Tablet. April 14, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Top Journalists Eli Lake and Bari Weiss Honored at Algemeiner Summer Benefit". Algemeiner Journal. July 14, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Sliming of Bari Weiss". National Review. March 8, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Real Time with Bill Maher – 4 – Episode 449". HBO. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Conservative, Jewish NY Times columnists slam Israel for BDS 'paranoia'". The Times of Israel. October 10, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Cagle, Tess (May 19, 2018). "Conservative columnist says the NRA has Trump 'grabbed by the p***y'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Relman, Eliza (September 19, 2018). "New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss slammed for questioning whether sexual assault should disqualify Kavanaugh from Supreme Court". Business Insider. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Landau, Noa (October 10, 2018). "Leading Conservative NYT Columnists Slam Israel Over Detention of U.S. Student". Haaretz. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  19. ^ JRE Clips. "Joe Rogan on the "MAGA" Kids Controversy". Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "How New York Times editor Bari Weiss found herself at the center of the #MeToo debate". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Selk, Avi (2018). "A New York Times columnist blamed a far-left 'mob' for her woes. But maybe she deserves them". The Washington Post.
  22. ^ Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss. "Opinion | Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American?". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Bari Weiss on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  24. ^ Peretz, Evgenia (April 24, 2019). "Mad About Bari Weiss: The New York Times Provocateur the Left Loves to Hate". The Hive. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  25. ^ a b Spiro, Amy (February 28, 2019). "Jewish 'New York Times' writer to pen book on antisemitism Bari Weiss signed a two-book deal with Crown Publishing". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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