About Menachem Wecker

A Washington, D.C.-based reporter, Menachem Wecker covers culture and the arts, religion, education, and health and medicine on a freelance basis for Wall Street JournalWashington PostArt Newspaper, artnetNational Catholic Reporter, and others.

Menachem Wecker

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He has talked herring with Mel Brooks, examined the Einstein and Gandhi memorials’ sculpted sandals, studied the origins of museum taxidermy mounts, covered events that endanger museums’ collections, and reported on Zoroastrian dating.

His Playboy feature told of “Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection” (Jan./Feb. 2017), and a second story explored whether “Game of Thrones” battle scenes are realistic.

A former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, he co-wrote an arts column for the Jewish Press for eight-and-a-half years. 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).

Wecker holds a master’s in art history from George Washington University. His more than 1,500 articles appear in: Wall Street Journal, Playboy, the Atlantic, Columbia Journalism ReviewChronicle of Higher Education, Houston ChronicleAtlas Obscura, Religion News Service, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, Tablet, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and Canadian Art.

In Sept. 2017, he was part of a team for the Atlantic that won second prize in the Renner Award for Excellence in Enterprise Religion Reporting from the Religion News Association. Three months prior, the Catholic Press Association awarded him second place in the category of “Best reporting of social justice issues: Dignity and rights of the workers” for his National Catholic Reporter article “Adjunct unions,” and an honorable mention in the category of “Best regular column: Culture, the arts, and leisure” for his NCR arts columns. In 2015, the Catholic Press Association awarded him first place for his NCR art reviews in the “Best regular column: culture, the arts and leisure” category.

He has published two book chapters: one in Religion: Material Religion (1st edition, Macmillan, 2016), edited by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, and the other in Religion in Museums: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2017), edited by Gretchen Buggeln, Crispin Paine, and S. Brent Plate.

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