Stephen F. Hayes

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Stephen F. Hayes
Stephen F. Hayes by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hayes in September 2011.
Born Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater DePauw University
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Carrie C Hayes
Children 4

Stephen F. Hayes is an American journalist and biographer. He is a former senior writer for National Journal. He is now Editor in chief of The Weekly Standard[1] and the author of three books.

Early life[edit]

Stephen F. Hayes was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.[2] He graduated from DePauw University,[2] where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He went on to study journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[2]


Hayes is a journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Post, Washington Times,, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.[2]

Prior to the proposed 2003 invasion of Iraq, Stephen Hayes spoke to BBC News, arguing for American intervention: "I think liberating Iraq will send a strong message to Iran, North Korea, other hostile regimes not only because it will show that we will - the United States will not tolerate bullies, especially bullies with weapons of mass destruction, but it will also I think hopefully show what a free liberated people, what a free liberated Iraqi people can do for themselves and it will be - again it will be a fabulous model, not only for the Middle East but for places throughout the world that haven't had these kinds of freedoms in the past or haven't had them realised."[3]

Stephen F. Hayes is the author of three books. His first book, The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America, was published in 2004. It postulated an operational relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist organization called . His major source was a leaked memo from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith to the U.S. Congress on 27 October 2003.[4] His other books were biographies of Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney.

Personal life[edit]

Stephen F. Hayes resides in Davidsonville, Maryland with his wife and four children.

In September 2014, Hayes' name was added to the United States Department of Homeland Security's Terrorist Watchlist after receiving additional scrutiny on several airline flights. He has since been cleared and is currently not on the terrorist watch list.[5][6]

Published work[edit]


  • The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America. New York: HarperCollins. 2004. ISBN 0-06-074673-4. 
  • The Brain: Paul Wolfowitz and the Making of the Bush Doctrine. New York: HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN 0-06-072346-7. 
  • Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President. New York: HarperCollins. 2007. ISBN 0-06-072346-7. 


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  2. ^ a b c d "STEPHEN F. HAYES". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ BBC News "Conflict with Iraq" Stephen Hayes." Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ Weekly Standard: "Preview: Case Closed."
  5. ^ Ernst, Douglas (September 23, 2014). "Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes added to terrorist watch list". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ "How A Journalist Ended Up On A Terror Watch List". NPR. September 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 

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