Eric Weiner

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Eric Weiner
Education University of Maryland and Stanford University
Occupation Correspondent

Eric Weiner is a popular speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss,[1] Man Seeks God, and the forthcoming The Geography of Genius. Weiner's books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

In The Geography of Genius, Weiner travels from Athens to Silicon Valley, and throughout history, to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators, says, "Why do certain places produce a spontaneous eruption of creativity? What made Athens and Florence and Silicon Valley? This witty and fun book has an insight in every paragraph. It’s a charming mix of history and wisdom cloaked as a rollicking travelogue filled with colorful characters.”

Dan Gilbert, Harvard professor and author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, calls The Geography of Genius "an intellectual odyssey, a traveler’s diary, and a comic novel all rolled into one. Smart, original, and utterly delightful, this is Weiner’s best book yet.”

In The Geography of Bliss, Weiner traveled to spots around the globe—including Iceland, Bhutan, Moldova and Qatar—to search out how different countries define and pursue happiness. In Man Seeks God he explores his spiritual restlessness and asks some fundamental questions: "Where do we come from? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? Where do all the missing socks go?"

Weiner was a longtime correspondent for National Public Radio. He spent a decade overseas for NPR, based in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.



He obtained his degree from the University of Maryland and in 2003, was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.[2]


In 1993, NPR sent Weiner to India and he was the network's first full-time correspondent in that country. While in New Delhi for two years, he covered the bubonic plague, India's economic reforms, and many others. He has reported from over 30 countries. He writes a travel column for and his essays and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, The New Republic, AFAR magazine, and many other publications. . While with NPR, he has also served as a correspondent in New York, Miami, and Washington, DC.

Prior to working for NPR, he was a reporter for The New York Times.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Weiner is the recipient of the Borders Original Voices Award, and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He was a part of a team that won a Peabody award for investigative work covering the US tobacco industry.[2]


In his free time he enjoys cycling, playing tennis, and eating sushi. Weiner is married and together he and his wife have one daughter. The family resides in Washington, DC.[2]


  1. ^ Peterson, Christopher (June 27, 2008). "Book Review: The Geography of Bliss". Psychology Today. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bio". Eric Weiner Books. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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