Born In: New York City, United States
Bret Stephens is an American right-wing conservative journalist, columnist, and editor, best known for being associated with reputed media houses such as ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The Wall Street Journal.’ Born in New York City and raised in Mexico City, Bret hails from a family of secular Jews. He later moved to Massachusetts. He graduated high school from a boarding school named ‘Middlesex School.’ He later attended the ‘University of Chicago,’ where he studied political philosophy. He then studied comparative politics at the ‘London School of Economics.’ He began his journalism career with ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and later moved to Jerusalem to work as the editor-in-chief for the ‘The Jerusalem Post.’ Since 2017, he has been working as a columnist at ‘The New York Times.’ He also regularly appears as an opinion contributor on ‘NBC News.’ Over time, he developed a far-right political ideology, akin to hardcore nationalism, which was evident in his book ‘America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.’ In 2013, he received the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for writing columns on the country’s domestic politics and foreign policies. He has been both praised and criticized for his contrarian views on many important topics, such as climate change.
Also Known As: Bret Louis Stephens
Spouse/Ex-: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
father: Charles J. Stephens
mother: Xenia Stephens
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: University Of Chicago, London School Of Economics (LSE)
Bret Stephens was raised in a liberal and secular environment, owing to his parents’ inclination toward secular Judaism. Hence, the family was not too religious. His paternal grandfather had arrived in New York City from Moldova, after a pogrom that threatened the existence of Jews in the country in the early 1900s.
After moving to New York at the age of 25, Bret Stephens joined ‘The Wall Street Journal’ as an op-ed editor. Most of his writings were inspired by neo-conservatism, a concept he had learned about during his college years. He later moved to Brussels, to join ‘The Wall Street Journal Europe,’ where he covered the political dynamics in the ‘European Union.’
In 2002, Bret Stephens got a big breakthrough when he was hired as the editor-in-chief of the ‘The Jerusalem Post.’ He was an American and thus received a lot of criticism from the management and staff of the Israeli company after being hired for the top job. In 2004, he left the ‘The Jerusalem Post’ and moved back to ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ taking over as the editor of their “Global View” column.
Bret Stephens was one of the most publicly open supporters of the Iraq War in 2003. He wrote a column in 2002, mentioning that Iraq becoming a nuclear power would be destructive to the world and to the Middle East. Bret supported Bush’s decision to invade Iraq by saying that there were good reasons to do so.
In the 2016 United States presidential elections, Bret Stephens was a staunch critic of Donald Trump and his run for president. He kept criticizing Trump through the years. He once compared Trump to the ruthless Italian dictator Mussolini.
Bret Stephens has spent most of his childhood in Mexico and thus speaks fluent Spanish.
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