Jason L. Riley

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Jason L. Riley (born July 8, 1971)[1][failed verification] is an American journalist, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. He is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and frequently appears at the Journal Editorial Report, other Fox News programs and occasionally on C-SPAN.[2]


Riley was born in Buffalo, New York, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first jobs in journalism were for the Buffalo News and USA Today.[3] He joined The Wall Street Journal in 1994 as a copyreader on the national news desk in New York. In April 1996, he was named to the newly created position of editorial interactive editor, and joined the editorial board in 2005.[4]

In 2008, he wrote Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders,[5] which he promoted on Colbert Report and other venues.[6]

In 2014, Riley published Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.[7] The book was praised by Thomas Sowell of National Review, who wrote "Pick up a copy and open pages at random to see how the author annihilates nonsense."[8] New York Times Book Review critic Orlando Patterson, however, described one chapter as "thoroughly misinformed [which] not only trots out the usual inaccuracies about hip hop's influence but, failing to recognize the diversity of African-American cultures, proceeds to libel the entire group".[9]

According to Salon, "The American left should start paying attention to the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley. His name is on the rise".[10]

On 25 November 2018, on ABC's 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos,' Riley stated..."I think there is a difference between hanging and lynching..." Comment was his defense of white Mississippi Senatorial candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comment while campaigning against African American former congressman Mike Espy.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Riley married his wife Naomi Schaefer Riley, also a journalist, in 2004. They currently reside in New York with their three children. [1][12]


  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Naomi Schaefer, Jason Riley". The New York Times. May 23, 2004.
  2. ^ Appearances on C-SPAN
  3. ^ Jason L. Riley, Manhattan Institute biography.
  4. ^ Jason Riley, editorial board member, The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, Amazon.
  6. ^ Jason Riley on an episode of The Colbert Report, thecolbertreport.cc.com; accessed 30 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed", Heritage Foundation, June 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Thomas Sowell, "A new book brilliantly explains how policies designed to help blacks end up harming them", National Review, July 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Orlando Patterson, Reviews: Please Stop Helping Us and Shame, The New York Times, March 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Ian Blair, "The right’s favorite new race guru: Why you should know Jason Riley", Salon.com, July 11, 2014.
  11. ^ ABCNews.com
  12. ^ "Jason L. Riley". jasonrileyonline.com. Retrieved July 21, 2016.

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