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, National Catholic Reporter, and others.

Menachem Wecker

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With Brandon Withrow, he is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (Cascade Books, Wipf & Stock, 2014). David Yonke, of Toledo City Paper and Toledo Faith & Values, called the book “fascinating, informative, and enlightening.”

Wecker has written more than 1,000 articles for dozens of publications, including Religion News Service, Houston Chronicle, Chronicle of Higher Education, Canadian Art, and Times of Israel.

He is also the former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report and holds a master’s in art history from George Washington University (where he studied with Barbara von Barghahn). (He holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University, and also trained at Massachusetts College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Art Institute of Boston.)

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 (publications and media) 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, the Religion Newswriters Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Education Writers Association.

His articles and reviews have appeared in the following publications (in part): Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Arab American News, Deseret News, Mormon Artist Magazine, Mormon Times, Arlington Catholic Herald, The Christian Index, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, New York Arts Magazine, NY Press, World & I, Tablet (and formerly Nextbook), American Jewish Life Magazine, World Jewish Digest, Jerusalem Post, JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), NY Jewish Week, Washington Jewish Week, Baltimore Jewish Times, My Jewish Learning, altMuslim.com, jbooks.com, DCist.com, interfaithfamily.com, and Jewish Currents.