Bret Stephens

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Bret Stephens
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Born Bret Louis Stephens
(1973-11-21) November 21, 1973 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education B.A. University of Chicago, M.A. London School of Economics
Occupation Journalist
Known for Editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post
Spouse(s) Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Children 3
Parent(s) Xenia and Charles J. Stephens

Bret Louis Stephens (born November 21, 1973) is an American journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013.[1] He works for The Wall Street Journal as the foreign-affairs columnist and the deputy editorial page editor and is responsible for the editorial pages of its European and Asian editions. From 2002 to 2004, he was editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Stephens was born in New York City,[3] the son of Xenia and Charles J. Stephens, a former vice president of General Products, a chemical company in Mexico.[4][5] His parents were both secular Jews. His paternal grandfather had changed the family surname from Ehrlich to Stephens (after poet James Stephens).[6] He was raised in Mexico City, where his father was born and worked. In his adolescence, he attended boarding school at Middlesex School in Massachusetts. After his graduation, Stephens studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago. He earned a master's degree in comparative politics[7] from the London School of Economics.


Stephens began his career at The Wall Street Journal as an op-ed editor in New York. He later worked as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal Europe, in Brussels.[8]


In 2006, he took over the "Global View" column after George Melloan's retirement. In 2009, he was named deputy editorial page editor after the retirement of Melanie Kirkpatrick.

From 2002 to 2004, he was editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post.[9] He won the 2008 Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism and the 2010 Bastiat Prize.[10] In 2005, Stephens was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.[11] He is also a frequent contributor to Commentary magazine.[12]


Stephens won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Commentary recognizing his 2012 columns for the Journal for "incisive columns on U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist."[1]

Stephens authored the book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, released in November 2014.[13] The book presents the case that the U.S. has been retreating from its role as the "world's policeman" in recent decades, which will lead to ever greater world problems.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic who writes for The New York Times. The couple has three children and lives in New York City.[14][15]


  • America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder (November 2014), ISBN 978-1591846628

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Commentary". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 17, 2013. With short biography and reprints of ten works (WSJ articles January 24 to December 11, 2012).
  2. ^ "About Us". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 2, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Born in New York City, per Bret Stephens, interviewed on C-SPAN2's BookTV program, After Words, 1-17-2015. "After Words: Bret Stephens, author of America in Retreat, interviewed by Bob Minzesheimer - Book TV". Retrieved March 24, 2015. ...First of all I was born in New York and wondering why Wikipedia keeps insisting that i was born in Mexico. But I was born to a father who had been born in Mexico and had a family business there... 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Weddings; Pamela Paul, Bret Stephens". The New York Times. September 20, 1998. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Appoints Key Editors for Its International Editions". Global News Wire. August 12, 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Bret Stephens: Deputy editor, editorial page, The Wall Street Journal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 2, 2008.  With some archive of WSJ articles.
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  14. ^ Stephens, Bret (June 26, 2009). "Being Bret Stephens – Or Not". The Wall Street Journal. 
  15. ^ da Fonseca-Wollheim, Corinna (March 20, 2012). "Prelude and Fugue" Archived November 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Tablet: A new read on Jewish life.

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