Jacob Weisberg

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Jacob Weisberg
Jacob Weisberg (Slate Group).jpg
Weisberg in New York, 2012
Born 1964 (age 50–51)
United States
Occupation Writer, journalist
Spouse(s) Deborah Needleman
Children 2

Jacob Weisberg (born 1964) is an American political journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of Slate Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company. Weisberg is also a Newsweek columnist. He served as the editor of Slate magazine for six years, until stepping down in June 2008.[1] He is the son of Lois Weisberg, a Chicago social activist and connector mentioned in Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point.

Background and education[edit]

Weisberg's father, Bernard Weisberg, was a Chicago lawyer and, later, judge. His parents were introduced at a cocktail party by novelist Ralph Ellison. His brother is former CIA officer and television writer and producer Joe Weisberg.[2] Weisberg graduated from Yale University in 1986, where he worked for the Yale Daily News. When a junior, he was offered a membership in Skull and Bones by Senator John Kerry, but declined the offer, citing the club's exclusion of women.[3] Instead Weisberg was persuaded by The Washington Post's Robert G. Kaiser to join Elihu Society.[4] After Yale he attended New College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.


Weisberg is a commentator on National Public Radio. He previously worked for The New Republic in Washington, D.C., was a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine[5] and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He has also served as a columnist for the Financial Times. Early in his career, he worked for Newsweek in the London and Washington bureaus. Weisberg has also worked as a freelance journalist for numerous publications.


The creator and author of the Bushisms series, Weisberg published The Bush Tragedy in 2008.[citation needed] He is also the author, with former Goldman Sachs executive and Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, of the latter's memoir, In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington (ISBN 978-0-375-50585-0), which was a New York Times bestseller as well as one of Business Week's ten best business books of 2003. Weisberg's first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.[citation needed]

Weisberg chaired the judging panel for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for excellence in non-fiction writing.[citation needed]


Weisberg is married to style and fashion journalist Deborah Needleman, formerly editor of Domino magazine.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Jacob Weisberg, "And My Successor Is...," Slate, June 4, 2008.
  2. ^ June Thomas. "A Conversation with the Americans Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields". Slate.com. Slate talked with [Joe] Weisberg (who is also the brother of Jacob Weisberg, the Slate Group's editor in chief) 
  3. ^ Alex Beam, "The Bones in Kerry's Closet," Boston Globe, June 25, 2002, pp. E1+.
  4. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7, p. 112
  5. ^ Weisberg, Jacob (November 28, 2004). "'I Am Charlotte Simmons': Peeping Tom". The New York Times. 

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