Judges

Bret Stephens

Foreign-Affairs Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
National Judge

Stephens is the foreign-affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, a member of the paper's editorial board and the deputy editor of the editorial page, responsible for international opinion. He was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for his column “Global View,” receiving the honor for “his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist.” He is a regular panelist on “Journal Editorial Report,” a weekly political talk show carried by Fox News.

Stephens joined the Journal in 1998, worked for the paper in New York and later in Brussels. In January 2002, he was named editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. At the Post he was responsible for the paper's news, opinion, digital and foreign-language operations, and also wrote a weekly column.

Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004. He has reported stories from around the globe and interviewed scores of world leaders. He has received numerous journalistic awards and commendations, and holds two honorary doctorates. His book "America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder" was published to wide acclaim in 2014.

Stephens was born in New York, but spent his childhood in Mexico City. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1995 and has a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife Corinna, a classical music critic for The New York Times, and their three children in New York City.