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David Brooks is a Canadian born American journalist, social analyst and leading political commentator

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BirthdayAugust 11, 1961
NationalityCanadian, American
FamousAustralian National University (ANU), University Of Chicago, Media Personalities, Journalists, Newspaper Columnists, Writers
SpousesSarah Brooks
Childrens Aaron Brooks
Universities
  • Australian National University,University Of Chicago
  • University of Chicago
  • Radnor High School
Notable Alumnis
  • Australian National University
  • University Of Chicago
Birth PlaceToronto
Born CountryCanada
GenderMale
Net Worth$9 million as of Feb 8,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inToronto
Famous asJournalist

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Who is David Brooks?

David Brooks is a Canadian born American journalist, social analyst and leading political commentator. He is a profound observer of the American way of life and a knowledgeable analyst of current political scenario and foreign affairs. As an undergraduate, he frequently contributed reviews and satirical pieces to campus publications. After completing his graduation, he began his career as a police reporter which had a clear influence on his perception of the society. Initially he was a liberal philosopher but later emerged as a light conservative. Later, he worked with many newspapers and magazines as a correspondent, film critic, and as an editor. He has also appeared as a radio commentator and expressed his opinions on a number of social and political issues. In addition to being an analyst, he is also a prolific author who has written masterpieces, such as ‘Bobos in Paradise’ and ‘On Paradise Drive’, emphasizing on the cultural and social influences prevailing in America. Both the works are in a style he termed as ‘comic sociology’ which questions our living methods in an amusing, entertaining and thought provoking manner. He possesses the gift of bringing the audiences face to face with the essence of our times in a comical and insightful way. He has emerged as an astonishing writer, an unmatched journalist, and a savvy analyst of present times.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on August 11, 1961 in Toronto, Canada, to a Jewish family. His father was an American citizen living in Canada. His father was a professor of English literature at New York University while his mother studied nineteenth-century British history at Columbia.

He received his early education from the Grace Church School. Later, the family moved to Philadelphia where he completed his high school from the Radnor High School in 1979.

In 1983, he obtained his Bachelor in Arts degree in history from the University of Chicago.

Career

After completing graduation he became a police journalist for the City News Bureau, a wire service owned jointly by the ‘Chicago Tribune’ and ‘Chicago Sun Times’. This job, as a reporter of Chicago's crime beat, had a conservatizing influence on his personality.

In 1984, he was admitted as an intern in Buckley's ‘National Review’ magazine. The training included an all-access license to the wealthy lifestyle that Buckley enjoyed as a wealthy author and commentator. After completing his internship he spent some time at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and then joined the Washington Times where he worked on editorials and film reviews.

In 1986, he was appointed by ‘The Wall Street Journal’, initially editing the paper’s book reviews and briefly serving as a film critic. He also worked at the paper’s Brussels office as an editor and foreign correspondent. By the end of his tenure with the Journal in 1994, he had become an editor of the paper’s opinion page.

In 1995, he served as a senior editor at ‘The Weekly Standard’ magazine and also a contributing editor of ‘Newsweek’ magazine. In addition to his news reporting, he also wrote articles for several other magazines, including the ‘The Atlantic Monthly’.

He was a frequent collaborator as an analyst on NPR’s show ‘All Things Considered’ and the ‘Diane Rehm Show’. His articles have appeared in the leading newspapers and magazines including ‘The New Yorker’, ‘The New York Times’ Magazine, ‘Forbes’, the ‘Washington Post’ and ‘The Public Interest’.

He is also a noteworthy writer who published his literary works such as ‘Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There’ (2000) and ‘On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense’ (2004).

He is also the author of ‘The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement’ and the volume editor of 'The Best American Essays’. He was the editor of the anthology ‘Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing’.

In 2006, he served as a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University's ‘Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’ where he taught an undergraduate seminar.

In 2013, he taught a course on philosophical humility at Yale University.

Major Works

He is best known for writing an op-ed column for ‘The New York Times’ and for being a political analyst for ‘The News Hour with Jim Lehrer’, a television news program.

In 2004, he established an award to honor the best political and cultural journalism of the year. Named after the great philosopher Sidney Hook, ‘The Sidney Awards’ are presented every year.

Awards & Achievements

He has received several honorary degrees from prestigious institutions such as the Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, and Occidental College among others.

In 2010, he was honored with the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met his wife, Jane, while studying at the University of Chicago. The two got married in 1986. Later, she got converted to Judaism and changed her name to Sarah. The couple is blessed with three children.

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David Brooks biography timelines

  • // 11th Aug 1961
    He was born on August 11, 1961 in Toronto, Canada, to a Jewish family. His father was an American citizen living in Canada. His father was a professor of English literature at New York University while his mother studied nineteenth-century British history at Columbia.
  • // 1979
    He received his early education from the Grace Church School. Later, the family moved to Philadelphia where he completed his high school from the Radnor High School in 1979.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, he obtained his Bachelor in Arts degree in history from the University of Chicago.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, he was admitted as an intern in Buckley's ‘National Review’ magazine. The training included an all-access license to the wealthy lifestyle that Buckley enjoyed as a wealthy author and commentator. After completing his internship he spent some time at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and then joined the Washington Times where he worked on editorials and film reviews.
  • // 1986 To 1994
    In 1986, he was appointed by ‘The Wall Street Journal’, initially editing the paper’s book reviews and briefly serving as a film critic. He also worked at the paper’s Brussels office as an editor and foreign correspondent. By the end of his tenure with the Journal in 1994, he had become an editor of the paper’s opinion page.
  • // 1986
    He met his wife, Jane, while studying at the University of Chicago. The two got married in 1986. Later, she got converted to Judaism and changed her name to Sarah. The couple is blessed with three children.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he served as a senior editor at ‘The Weekly Standard’ magazine and also a contributing editor of ‘Newsweek’ magazine. In addition to his news reporting, he also wrote articles for several other magazines, including the ‘The Atlantic Monthly’.
  • // 2000 To 2004
    He is also a noteworthy writer who published his literary works such as ‘Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There’ (2000) and ‘On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense’ (2004).
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he established an award to honor the best political and cultural journalism of the year. Named after the great philosopher Sidney Hook, ‘The Sidney Awards’ are presented every year.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he served as a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University's ‘Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’ where he taught an undergraduate seminar.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he was honored with the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he taught a course on philosophical humility at Yale University.

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    David Brooks studied at Australian National University,University Of Chicago, University of Chicago, Radnor High School

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    David Brooks's notable alumnis is Australian National University, University Of Chicago

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