About Menachem Wecker

Based in Washington, D.C., Menachem Wecker is a freelance journalist covering three beats: culture and the arts, religion, and education. He reports for Washington Post, Smithsonian MagazineHouston Chronicle, Jewish Daily Forward, Deseret News, National Catholic Reporter, and others. Previously, he was the education reporter at U.S. News & World Report.

Menachem Wecker by Vicki Kolomensky

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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), a book which David Yonke, of Toledo City Paper and Toledo Faith & Values, called “fascinating, informative, and enlightening.” Writing in National Catholic Reporter, Jesuit Father Raymond A. Schroth, 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 holds a master’s degree in art history from George Washington University, and his more than 1,500 articles appear, in part, in 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 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).