Scott McConnell

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Scott McConnell
Born1952 (age 70–71)
EducationColumbia University (BA, PhD)
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy
Occupation(s)journalist, editor
Known forfounding editor of The American Conservative
RelativesSterling Hayden (stepfather)

Scott McConnell (born 1952) is an American journalist best known as a founding editor of The American Conservative.

Early life[edit]

McConnell was born in 1952. He is the great grandson of businessman David H. McConnell, the founder of Avon, and is also the stepson of actor Sterling Hayden.[1][2][3] He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 and, after working on the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, a Ph.D. in history in 1987, all from Columbia University.[4][5]


McConnell began writing for publications such as Commentary and National Review. In 1989, McConnell became an editorial writer and later columnist for the New York Post and served as editorial page editor in 1997. He was a columnist for until 2002. He co-founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopolous in 2002.[6] At the end of 2004, McConnell became the sole editor of TAC.

McConnell is the author of several books. In Leftward Journey: The Education of Vietnamese Students in France, 1919–1939, he argues that French paternalistic attitudes led to the rejection of liberalism by Vietnamese students, whose nationalism subsequently radicalized along Marxism lines.[7]


  1. ^ Konetzky, Alexander The American Conservative Crackup Archived 2009-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, Washington Monthly (May 2007)
  2. ^ Krebs, Albin (1986-05-24). "STERLING HAYDEN DEAD AT 70; AN ACTOR, WRITER AND SAILOR". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  3. ^ "Sterling Hayden with Catherine Devine McConnell at the airport - Bay Area Television Archive". Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  4. ^ Phillips Exeter alumni Directory
  5. ^ "Class of 1975". Columbia College Report. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  6. ^ Interview of McConnell by Kevin Zeese
  7. ^ Munholland, Kim (1990-12-01). "scott mcconnell. Leftward Journey: The Education of Vietnamese Students in France, 1919–1939. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction. 1989. Pp. xix, 195. $34.95". The American Historical Review. 95 (5): 1559–1560. doi:10.1086/ahr/95.5.1559. ISSN 0002-8762.