Jay Nordlinger

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Jay Nordlinger
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Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Residence New York City, New York
Political party Republican (Before 2016)
Independent (2016–present)[1]
Awards Eric Breindel Award

Jay Nordlinger is an American journalist. He is a senior editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., in 1955, and a book fellow of the National Review Institute.[2] He also writes a column, "Impromptus," for the magazine's website. He is also the music critic for The New Criterion.

He covers a wide variety of topics, including politics and foreign policy, and has written a great deal about human rights.

Since 2002, he has hosted a series of public interviews at the Salzburg Festival. With Mona Charen, he hosts the Need to Know podcast, and he also hosts a podcast called “Q&A.” In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities.

Nordlinger is music critic for The Conservative.[3] In the 1990s, Nordlinger worked for The Weekly Standard magazine. In the 2000s, he was music critic for the New York Sun.

In the last month and a half of the campaign for the 2000 presidential election, Nordlinger took a leave of absence from National Review to assist the speechwriting team of George W. Bush.

Nordlinger lives in New York City but grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He often refers to his left-leaning hometown in political columns.


In 2007, National Review Books published Here, There & Everywhere: Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger, comprising some 100 pieces on various subjects.[4] In 2012, Encounter Books published Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World.[5] In 2015, Encounter Books published Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators.[6]


In 2001, Nordlinger received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism,[7] an annual award, given by the News Corporation, in honor of its late editorial-page editor. It is meant to go to a journalist who demonstrates "love of country and its democratic institutions" and "bears witness to the evils of totalitarianism."

Also in 2001, Nordlinger won the annual award of the Chan Foundation for Journalism and Culture. The award and the foundation were established in honor of Zhu Xi Chan, the Hong Kong newspaper owner whose pages covered events in Chairman Mao Zedong's China. The award is intended for a journalist "who uses his talents to work for freedom and democracy in China."


  1. ^ "The Shock of Disaffiliation: On Leaving the Republican Party". Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Jay Nordlinger Archive - National Review Online". National Review Online. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Welcoming two newcomers On a pair of publications that will ponder the political puzzles of our day.". The New Criterion. March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Nordlinger, Jay (2007-01-01). Here, There & Everywhere: Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger (1st ed.). New York: National Review Books. ISBN 9780975899823. 
  5. ^ Nordlinger, Jay (2012-03-27). Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World (1st ed.). New York: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594035982. 
  6. ^ Nordlinger, Jay (2015-09-22). Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594038150. 
  7. ^ "Eric Breindel Journalism Awards". Archived from the original on April 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 

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