About Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist covering culture and the arts, religion, and education for Washington Post, The Art NewspaperSmithsonian magazine, Deseret News, Jewish Daily Forward, National Catholic Reporter, and others. He was previously the education reporter at U.S. News & World Report.


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), which David Yonke, of Toledo City Paper, called “fascinating, informative, and enlightening.” In National Catholic Reporter, Raymond A. Schroth wrote that the book made him “turn over some rocks in my own academic memories of tenure denials and identity disputes on five Jesuit campuses.”

Wecker holds a master’s in art history from George Washington University.

His more than 1,500 articles appear, in part, in Columbia Journalism ReviewHouston ChronicleReligion News Service, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, Tablet, Arab American News, Mormon Times, Mormon Artist Magazine, Canadian Art, and Times of Israel.

In June 2015, the Catholic Press Association awarded him first place for his National Catholic Reporter art reviews in the category of “Best regular column: culture, the arts and leisure.” The judges said: “Nice entry in a challenging category with lots of good work. Enjoyed the diversity of topics and the very crisp, intelligent writing.”

He has two forthcoming book chapters: one in Religion: Material (Macmillan, 2016) and the other in Sacred Showcase: The Future of Religion in Museums, to be edited by Gretchen Buggeln, Crispin Paine, and S. Brent Plate.

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).