About Menachem Wecker

A Washington, D.C.-based journalist, Menachem Wecker has interviewed Mel Brooks about herring and has covered everything from Einstein’s and Gandhi’s footwear and the origins of museum taxidermies to events that endanger museums’ collections and Zoroastrian dating. His Playboy feature told of “Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection” (Jan./Feb. 2017).

Menachem Wecker

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In Sept. 2017, Wecker was part of an Atlantic team that won second prize in enterprise religion reporting from the Religion News Association. He holds three first-place prizes, a second-place award, and an honorable mention from the Catholic Press Association for his reporting on art and on social justice, particularly worker dignity and rights.

A former (full-time) education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, Wecker covers culture, the arts, religion, education, health, and medicine. His writing has appeared in Wall Street JournalWashington PostAtlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Newspaper, artnetAmerica magazine, Religion News Service, Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, National Catholic Reporter, Mosaic, Sojourners, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and others.

Wecker co-wrote an arts column for the Jewish Press for eight-and-a-half years, and with Brandon Withrow, he is co-author of the 2014 book Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education. Wecker holds a master’s in art history from George Washington University.

He has published two book chapters: one in Religion: Material Religion (1st edition, Macmillan, 2016), and the other in Religion in Museums: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2017). He is a member of the National Press Club, International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Religion News Association (RNA), and Education Writers Association (EWA).