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George Will

George Will

American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author
The basics
Occupations Journalist
Countries United States of America
A.K.A. George F. Will, George Frederick Will
Gender male
Birth May 4, 1941 (Champaign)
Spouse: Mari Maseng
Education Trinity College, Magdalen College, Princeton University
Authority ISNI id Library of congress id NNDB id VIAF id
The details

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.

Will speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Will speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland

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."

Career beginnings

  • 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.


Personal Life

  • 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.


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