Bret Stephens

Op-Ed Columnist

The New York Times

Bret joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist and associate editor in April 2017. 


He came to The Times after a long career with The Wall Street Journal, where he was deputy editorial-page editor and, for 11 years, the foreign-affairs columnist. Before that, Bret was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he oversaw the paper’s news, editorial, and international divisions while also writing a weekly column. He has reported from around the world and interviewed scores of world leaders, and is the author of the 2014 book, "America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder."


Bret's awards include the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and three honorary doctorates. He is a founder, with chess champion Garry Kasparov, of the Renew Democracy Initiative, an international organization dedicated to championing the principles of liberal democracy. 

Raised in Mexico City, Bret holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a classical music critic for The Times, live in New York City and have three children.

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