About Menachem Wecker

Based in Washington, D.C., Menachem Wecker is a freelance journalist largely focused on culture, the arts, religion, and education. He writes for Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Jewish Daily Forward, Deseret News, National Catholic Reporter, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), and others.

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With Brandon Withrow, Wecker is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (Cascade Books, 2014). David Yonke, of Toledo City Paper and Toledo Faith & Values, called the book “fascinating, informative, and enlightening,” and Jesuit Father Raymond A. Schroth, writing in National Catholic Reporter, observed that the book, “made me turn over some rocks in my own academic memories of tenure denials and identity disputes on five Jesuit campuses.”

Wecker, a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report who holds a master’s in art history from George Washington University, has published more than 1,000 articles in dozens of print and online publications, including Religion News Service, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Arab American News, Mormon Times, Mormon Artist Magazine, Canadian Art, and Times of Israel.

From 2003 to 2012, Wecker co-wrote a Jewish arts column with Richard McBee for The Jewish Press, a national publication based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to joining U.S. News, he worked at George Washington University for five years, first as assistant director of public affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and then as a writer for the university’s official online daily news service, GW Today. Previously, he was assistant editor of B’nai B’rith Magazine.

He is a member of the National Press Club, the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA), and the Education Writers Association (EWA).