Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens

Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker

Bret Stephens began working as a contributing columnist at The New York Times in late April 2017 and as a senior political contributor for NBC News in June 2017. He formerly worked for The Wall Street Journal as the foreign-affairs columnist and the deputy editorial page editor and was responsible for the editorial pages of its European and Asian editions. He won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013. He is also a regular panelist on the Journal Editorial Report, a weekly political talk show broadcast on Fox News Channel.

Mr. Stephens joined the Journal in 1998 as an op-ed editor and moved to Brussels the following year, where he wrote editorials and edited a column on the European Union. He left Dow Jones in January 2002 to become editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. At the Post he was responsible for the paper’s news, editorial, international and digital editions. He also wrote a weekly column.

Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004 and has reported stories from around the globe. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he is the winner of a South Asian Journalists Association award for his writing on the Kashmir earthquake (2006), the Breindel Prize for excellence in opinion journalism (2008), the Bastiat Prize for his columns on economic subjects (2010) and the University of Chicago’s Alumni Board of Governors Professional Achievement Award (2014). In 2005 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Stephens is the author of "America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder," released in November 2014. In 2013 Mr. Stephens participated in a panel discussion at Yeshiva University entitled “Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival.”

Mr.Stephens was born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico City. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and a Master's from the London School of Economics. He lives in New York City with his wife Corinna, a music critic, and their three children.