Jonathan Hillel Kay (born September 18, 1968) is a Canadian journalist. He is the editor-in-chief of The Walrus and former comment pages editor, columnist and blogger for the Toronto-based Canadian daily newspaper National Post. He is also a book author and editor, a public speaker, and a regular contributor to Commentary Magazine and the New York Post.
His freelance articles have been published in a variety of US publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Salon.com, The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard, The Literary Review of Canada, The National Interest and The New York Times.
Early life and career
Jonathan Kay was born and raised in Montreal. His mother is the socially conservative newspaper columnist Barbara Kay. He attended Selwyn House School and Marianopolis College before obtaining a BEng and a MEng in metallurgical engineering from McGill University and a law degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the New York bar. After practicing as a tax lawyer in New York City, Kay moved to Toronto, where, in 1998, he became a founding member of the National Post editorial board. Kay describes himself as an avid tennis enthusiast, and sometimes has incorporated his passion for the sport into his journalism.
Apart from his editorial work, Kay has also written two non-fiction books. In 2007, Kay co-authored The Volunteer, a biography of Mossad officer Michael Ross. In May 2011, HarperCollins published Kay's second book, Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground (ISBN 978-0-06-200481-9). The book reflects Kay's interest in the psychology of conspiracy theorists, a subject he often explored in his National Post columns.
Kay was a freelance editorial assistant on Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau's memoir Common Ground published by HarperCollins with duties that included conducting some of the interviews with Trudeau that were used for the book. Kay's participation in the project was criticized by conservatives in social media as well as by Sun News Network personality Ezra Levant, on whose 2009 book Shakedown Kay also worked on as an editorial assistant.
Kay was named editor-in-chief of The Walrus, a Canadian general interest magazine, on October 29, 2014. Kay left the Post on November 21, 2014 but will continue to contribute opinion pieces on a freelance basis.
Reactions to Kay's writings
Kay often endorses views regarded as conservative, particularly on the subjects of Israel, political correctness and policy toward North American Aboriginals. However, he also has dissented from conservatives on a variety of issues. In recent years, for example, he has written articles raising awareness about income inequality, and questioning the conduct of the Iraq War. Kay also supports same-sex marriage. In 2010, Kay argued that conservatives are wrong to continue challenging the majority scientific view on global warming. In response, Financial Post columnist Terence Corcoran, a noted climate change skeptic, argued that Kay's support of the anthropogenic climate change theory was based on unproven environmentalist dogmas.
Kay's book critical of the claims made by the 9/11 Truth Movement, Among the Truthers, generally received positive reviews in major media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.
- The Volunteer: A Canadian's Secret Life in the Mossad, by Michael Ross and Jonathan Kay, Skyhorse Publishing (2007), ISBN 978-0-7710-1740-7
- Among the Truthers, by Jonathan Kay, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (May 10, 2011), ISBN 978-1-55468-630-8
Awards and recognition
In 2002, he was awarded Canada's National Newspaper Award for Critical Writing. In 2004, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award for Editorial Writing. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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- Terence Corcoran, "Terence Corcoran: Bad politics", The Financial Post, July 16, 2010
- Heilbrunn, Jacob (May 13, 2011). "Book Review - Among the Truthers - By Jonathan Kay". The New York Times.
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- Jonathan Kay's page at www.defenddemocracy.org