About

James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent based in Washington and Berlin. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caucuses.

For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, covering domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. In 2008, he exposed racist and conspiratorial newsletters published by Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a story that gained new prominence in the 2012 presidential election.

Following The New Republic, he was writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, writing 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 Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, World Affairs, CommentaryThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. He is a columnist for Ha’aretz and the New York Daily News, and writes the “Continental Drift” column on Europe for Tablet. His writing has also been published in Britain’s Prospect and Spectator, Canada’s 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. Kirchick is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C and was a 2012-2013 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin, and has previously been a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow. He is a member of the Eliezer Society at Yale.

Kirchick was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College in 2006.

He can be reached at james.kirchick@gmail.com.