George Will is an award–winning conservative political commentator from America. He is regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the current times. He is easily one of the most widely read writers in the world.
Will has an illustrious academic and journalism record. He has written for several influential newspapers and has authored a number of books, many of which have been bestsellers.
His columns cover a wide variety of topics like baseball, society, politics, and culture. Baseball is his favorite sport, and Chicago Cubs his favorite team. He has written two books on the game including the bestseller "Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball." He often uses baseball references in his commentaries.
Early life and education
- George Frederick Will was born on May 4, 1941, in Champaign, Illinois. to Frederick L. Will and Louise Hendrickson Will.
- His father was a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois.
- Will graduated from University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois, and earned a BA in Religion from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
- He later studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.
- After Oxford, Will received MA and Ph.D. degrees in politics from Princeton University. His 1968 Ph.D. thesis was entitled "Beyond the Reach of Majorities: Closed Questions in the Open Society."
- Will began his career as a staff member of Colorado Republican Senator Gordon Allott from 1970 to 1972.
- Will subsequently taught political philosophy at the James Madison College of Michigan State University and at the University of Toronto.
- Later, he taught at Harvard University in 1995 and again in 1998.
- Will was as an editor for National Review from 1972 to 1978.
- He began writing a syndicated biweekly column for Washington Post in 1974. His column is syndicated to 450 newspapers.
- From 1976 to 2011, he was a contributing editor for Newsweek, writing a biweekly backpage column.
- In the early 1980s, Will joined ABC News as a news analyst. At ABC, he was a founding member of the panel of This Week with David Brinkley in 1981, which is now known as This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He was also a panelist on This Week until he left ABC News.
- In 2013, Will became a contributor for Fox News.
Awards and achievements
- In 1977, Will won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "distinguished commentary on a variety of topics."
- In 1978, he received "The National Headliners Award" for his for his "consistently outstanding special features columns" in "Newsweek."
- In 1980, his column on New York City’s finances earned him Silurian Award for Editorial Writing.
- In 1985, The Washington Journalism Review named Will "Best Writer, Any Subject."
- In 992, he received Madison Medal Award from Princeton University.
- In 2005, he earned Bradley Prize from The Bradley Foundation.
- Will is opposed to the death penalty. He has been critical of affirmative action programs.
- He supports low taxes and was opposed to the stimulus plans promoted by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He favors abolishing the minimum wage.
- He was very critical of Bush administration's policies on Iraq.
- Despite being on the conservative side, he was an outspoken critic of Sarah Palin and John McCain's 2008 election campaign. While speaking at Yale University in January 2013, Will criticized Ann Coulter, labeling her an "enemy" to conservatives' pursuit of an intellectual brand.
- He has criticized Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and said Trump was a bigger threat than Hillary Clinton. He even said, if Trump wins the nomination, conservatives must work to deny him the presidency.
- Will has three children with his first wife, Madeleine.
- In 1991, Will married Mari Maseng, a political consultant, and speechwriter. He has one child with Maseng.
- A Nice Little Place on the North Side: A History of Triumph, Mostly Defeat, and Incurable Hope at Wrigley Field
- Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball
- One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation
- Statecraft as Soulcraft
- The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric
- The pursuit of happiness, and other sobering thoughts