A Washington, D.C.-based reporter, Menachem Wecker largely covers culture and the arts, religion, and education. He has reported on everything from the sculpted sandals in Washington’s Einstein and Gandhi memorials and why museum events designed to engage younger visitors may endanger their collections to non-conventional high holiday observances and a questionable claim about classics studies paving the way to medical school.
A former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, he writes for Washington Post, Art Newspaper, Smithsonian magazine, National Catholic Reporter, and others.
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, called it “fascinating, informative, and enlightening,” and 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 Review, Houston Chronicle, Religion News Service, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, Tablet, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and Canadian Art.
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.