Robert W. Merry

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Robert Merry
Born1946 (age 72–73)
EducationUniversity of Washington
Columbia University
OccupationJournalist, Publishing Executive, Author
Board member ofAmerican Ideas Institute, Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Spouse(s)Susan Merry

Robert W. Merry (born 1946) is an American journalist, publishing executive, commentator, and author. He was the editor of The American Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Robert W. Merry was born in 1946 in Tacoma, WA. He served three years in the U.S. Army, including two years as a counterintelligence special agent in West Germany. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1968 and earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1972.[1]


Merry started his career as a reporter for The Denver Post and became a Washington-based political reporter in 1974 when he joined the staff of the National Observer, a Dow Jones weekly newspaper.[2] When the Observer folded in 1977, he became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and spent twelve years there covering Congress, national politics, and the White House, among other beats.[3]

Merry became managing editor of Congressional Quarterly in 1987. He was promoted to executive editor in 1990 and became president and editor-in-chief in 1997.[2][3] He held that position for 12 years and led CQ into the digital age. That year CQ was sold to The Economist of London, and Merry subsequently became the editor of The National Interest

Merry is the editor of The American Conservative. He is expected to be succeeded by Benjamin Schwarz on June 16, 2018.[4]

Merry is the author of five books.[3]


  • Merry, Robert W. (1996). Taking On the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop -- Guardians of the American Century. New York: Penguin Books.
  • Merry, Robert W. (2005). Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743266673.
  • Merry, Robert W. (2009). A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743297448.
  • Merry, Robert W. (2012). Where They Stand : the American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781451625424.
  • Merry, Robert W. (2017). President McKinley : Architect of the American Century. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781451625448.


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Software & Information Industry Association: Robert W. Merry". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Robert W. Merry Named Editor of The National Interest". The National Interest. September 19, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "About Us". The American Conservative. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Benjamin Schwarz Named New Editor of The American Conservative". The American Conservative. May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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