Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby became an op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe in February 1994 after he had been chief editorial writer at the Boston Herald since 1987. A native of Cleveland, Jacoby graduated with honors from George Washington University in 1979 and from Boston University Law School in 1983. He practiced law for a short time. From 1985 to 1987, Jacoby was an assistant to Dr. John Silber, who at the time was president of Boston University.

In addition to his print work, Jacoby has been a political commentator for WBUR-FM, Boston’s NPR affiliate. For several years he hosted “Talk of New England,” a weekly television program. He is an overseer of the Huntington Theatre Company, the largest resident theatre in Boston, and is on the board of The Concord Review, a quarterly journal of essays on history by secondary students worldwide. In 1999, Jacoby became the first recipient of the Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism. Jacoby’s column appears every Sunday and Thursday in the Globe, and he writes a Web-only column on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

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