Franklin Foer

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Franklin Foer /ˈfɔər/ is an American journalist and former editor of The New Republic.[1] Foer was a 2012 Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Foer was born May 16, 1974 to a Jewish family,[2] the son of Albert Foer, a lawyer, and Esther Safran Foer and the elder brother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer and freelance journalist Joshua Foer.[3] He graduated from Columbia University[4] in 1996 and lives in Washington, D.C.


Foer has written for Slate[5] and New York magazine.[6] He served as editor of American magazine The New Republic from 2006 until 2010, when he resigned. He then became editor again in 2012.[7] His book How Soccer Explains the World was published in 2004.[8] The book Jewish Jocks, which he co-edited with New Republic writer Marc Tracy, was published in 2012; Foer has described it as an effort to avoid the "simple hagiography" he found in some of the many existing books about Jewish sports figures.[9][10][11]

Foer was editor of The New Republic during the Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy.[12] He was replaced in December 2014 by former Gawker staff member Gabriel Snyder. Mass resignations of staff followed.[13]


  1. ^ Bosman, Julie; Haughney, Christine. "Franklin Foer – The New Republic". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "What will New Republic exodus mean for American Jewish thought?" by Anthony Weiss December 9, 2014
  3. ^ Kolhatkar, Sheelah (2006-12-18). "The Foer Family". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
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  5. ^ "Slate magazine". Slate magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Archives Franklin Foer". New York magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  7. ^ "The New Republic masthead". The New Republic. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  8. ^ Bures, Frank (2004-07-07). "Soccerworld". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  9. ^ "'Unorthodox' Book Of 'Jewish Jocks' Puts Stereotypes Aside", Morning Edition, NPR, November 23, 2012 (radio transcript).
  10. ^ Steven Zeitchik, "In search of 'Jewish Jocks': Editors Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy wanted to memorialize Jewish athletes, their accomplishments and, in some cases, their egos and foibles." Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2012.
  11. ^ Daniel Plotz, "Who’s the Greatest Jewish Athlete? An interview with Franklin Foer about Jewish jocks, and how they changed sports history." Slate, October 23, 2012.
  12. ^ Cohen, Patricia (2007-07-28). "Shedding Pen Name, Private Says He's ‘Baghdad Diarist'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  13. ^ Jonathan Mahler and Ravi Somaiya."Revolt at the New New Republic. New York Times," December 7, 2014.

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