David Brooks, a popular Columnist of the New York Times, surely knows how to get the attention of his audience and his prowess in the field of journalism has definitely reached its peak. It’s no surprise that David is thriving in this field as he is known to have come from an intellectual family with his father being a lecturer and his mother a historian.
David is popularly described as a moderate conservative writer and has a bestselling book to his credit in 2000. Find more interesting facts about him here.
Who Is David Brooks?
David Brooks is an American commentator who has a vast knowledge and experience in political, conservative and cultural matters. He was born on the 11th of August 1961 in Toronto Ontario, Canada. David Brooks has an American nationality but his ethnicity is Jewish, however, he is not a staunch follower of the Jewish culture. His parents are both scholars as his dad was a lecturer of English and Literature at New York University while his mum, a historian, studied British History at the Columbia University.
David had his early education at the Grace Church School located at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan, New York City but his family relocated to Philadelphia and this was where he started and completed his high school education at the Radnor High School before proceeding to study History at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1983. During his days in the university, David Brooks was known to have made contributions to the school’s publications and even landed a chance to work for William Frank Buckley Jr. – a former public intellectual and conservative author and commentator, when he paid David’s school a visit.
Immediately after his graduation from the university, he started working for the City News Bureau of Chicago as a police reporter. After that, he gained some level of experience and sought for a job at the Buckley’s National Review and he was employed as an Intern. He worked for the Buckley’s and after his internship ended, he decided to do some work for the Hoover Institution located at Stanford University and subsequently, The Washington Times employed him as a movie reviewer.
David Brooks rose to the peak of his career when he was employed by The Wall Street Journal in 1986. He is known to have started out as an editor in the book review department where he worked earnestly to make the book “The Closing of American Mind” to become nationally known.
As a writer, he is credited with the book titled “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There”, a book which was based on a cultural description and a bestselling book in 2000. After four years, he published another book titled “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now” which was a continuation of his first book but it was not widely sold like the first one.
He is also the author of the book “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement” and like his first book, it was internationally acclaimed and was ranked number three on the Publishers Weekly best-sellers list for non-fiction in 2011.
The pundit has served in very vital capacities which include being a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago as well as the Board of Advisors of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He has also lectured Philosophy Humanity at the Yale University.
His Political Stance & Legacy
The American columnist has a very strong political view and he has made commentaries on several political issues and affairs. During the American presidential election in 2016, he strongly supported and believed the Democrat party presidential candidate Hilary Clinton was more competent than the Republican party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump as he said that Trump was not prepared for the post of President.
Aside from politics, David Brooks is also an active advocate for certain social issues like abortion which he sees as legal during the first 5 months of pregnancy but underage girls should get parental approval before going through with the procedures. He speaks against teenage sex and the use of hard drugs like Marijuana but he strongly advocates for gay marriages.
David is the pioneer and brain behind The Sidney Award which he commenced in 2004 in the memory of the philosopher Sidney Hook, given in acknowledgement for the best Cultural and Political Journalism.
David Brooks’ Wife And Ex-Wife
David Brooks; first marriage was to Jane Hughes, whom he met while they were both undergraduates at the University of Chicago. Jane changed her name to Sarah after she accepted to be a Jewish faithful. The duo got married subsequently in 1986 but the marriage ended officially in 2014 after having 3 children together.
Four years after his first marriage ended, he got married to Anne Snyder, a prolific writer and a reporter who initially worked for him as his research assistant.
Although the full details and names of his children are not known, David admitted in an interview back in 2014 that his first son was working at the Israel Defense Force.