James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent, and the Caucusus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C.
For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, where he covered domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, American foreign policy, and broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s inflammatory newsletters. Following The New Republic, he moved to Prague to become writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he wrote about the politics and cultures of the 21 countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Among the stories he covered were the fraudulent 2010 presidential election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan, and the Libyan Civil War.
Kirchick’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, World Affairs Journal, and Commentary, among other publications. He is a correspondent for The Daily Beast and writes the “Continental Drift” column on Europe for Tablet. His writing regularly appears in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, and has also been published in Britain’s Prospect and Spectator, Canada’s Globe & Mail and National Post, the Czech Republic’s Lidove Noviny and The Australian.
Kirchick has previously worked for The New York Sun, the New York Daily News, and The Hill. A leading voice on American gay politics and international gay rights, he is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award. He has been a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin, a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, and is a professional member of the PEN American Center.
Kirchick has spoken at the Oslo Freedom Forum, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, the Stockholm Free World Forum, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities, in addition to numerous other venues. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, he is a graduate of the Roxbury Latin School and Yale College. He can be reached at james dot kirchick at gmail dot com.