George F. Will
By Briea Alden, class of 2003
George F. Will is an ABC News commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of a syndicated column which appears in more than 450 newspapers and a biweekly column in Newsweek magazine.
He attended college at Trinity College in Hartford, and Princeton and Oxford Universities. Before establishing his journalism career, he taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto.
Following his brief teaching career, Will served on the staff of U.S. Senator Gordon L. Allott (R-Colo.). He then was the Washington editor of a conservative journal of political commentary and ideas, the National Review. After that, he became a columnist and contributing editor of Newsweek. One year later, in 1976, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
In 1978, he won a National Headliners Award for his "consistently outstanding special features columns" in Newsweek. He was a finalist in the essays and criticism category of the 1979 National Magazine Awards. In 1980, he won a Silurian Award for a column he wrote on New York City's finances.
In 1981, Will became a regular member of ABC's "This Week" as a political commentator. In 1985, Will was named "best writer, any subject" by The Washington Journalism Review.
The William Allen White School of Journalism awarded him the 1993 William Allen White Foundation National Citation for his journalistic excellence. Will also was named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal in 1997.
He has published five collections of his Newsweek and newspaper columns: "The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts" (Harper & Row, 1978); "The Pursuit of Virtue and Other Tory Notions" (Simon & Schuster, 1982); "The Morning After: American Successes and Excesses 1981-1986" (Macmillan, 1986); "Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990" (The Free Press, 1990); "The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture & Other News 1990-1994" (Viking, 1994).
George F. Will continues writing columns for Newsweek magazine and newspapers all over the country. His column generally runs in newspapers on Thursdays and Sundays. He is also a contributing analyst with ABC News and appears on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday mornings.
"Some conservatives are caught in a time warp. Bush is, second only to Ronald Reagan and not second by much, the most conservative president in living memory. And Bush is, as successful leaders tend to be, lucky." — George F. Will, "Cranky Conservatives," Washington Post, April 25, 2002