Jason Riley (journalist)

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Jason L. Riley (born July 8, 1971[1]) is an American journalist, a member of the The Wall Street Journal editorial board. He is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and frequently appears at the Journal Editorial Report, other Fox News programs and occasionally on C-SPAN.[2]

Riley was born in Buffalo, New York, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first jobs in journalism were for the Buffalo News and USA Today.[3] He joined The Wall Street Journal in 1994 as a copyreader on the national news desk in New York. In April 1996, he was named to the newly created position of editorial interactive editor, and joined the editorial board in 2005.[4]

In 2008, he wrote Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders,[5] which he promoted on Colbert Report and other venues.[6]

In 2014, Riley published Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.[7] The book was praised by Thomas Sowell of National Review, who wrote "Pick up a copy and open pages at random to see how the author annihilates nonsense."[8] The New York Times Book Review critic Orlando Patterson, however, posited the book was a "thoroughly misinformed chapter on culture not only trots out the usual inaccuracies about hip hop's influence but, failing to recognize the diversity of African-American cultures, proceeds to libel the entire group".[9]

According to Salon, "The American left should start paying attention to the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley. His name is on the rise".[10]

Personal life

Riley lives in New York with his wife Naomi Schaefer Riley, also a journalist, and their three children.


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