David Brooks

Writer + Initiate + Reporter
Born Aug 11, 1961

David Brooks is a political and cultural commentator who considers himself a moderate and writes for the New York Times. He worked as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times; a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal; a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception; a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly; and as a commentator on National Public Radio.… Read More

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1961 Birth Born on August 11, 1961.


1979 17 Years Old He graduated from Radnor High School in 1979.


1983 21 Years Old In 1983, Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in history. … Read More
1984 22 Years Old Upon graduation, Brooks became a police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago, a wire service owned jointly by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. He says that his experience on Chicago's crime beat had a conservatizing influence on him In 1984, mindful of the offer he had previously received from William F. Buckley, Brooks applied and was accepted as an intern on Buckley's National Review. … Read More
1986 24 Years Old In 1986, Brooks was hired by the Wall Street Journal, where he worked first as an editor of the book review section, enlisting William Kristol to review Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, which catapulted that book to national prominence. … Read More
1990 28 Years Old From 1990–94, The Wall Street Journal posted Brooks as an op-ed columnist to Brussels, whence he covered Russia (making numerous trips to Moscow); the Middle East; South Africa; and European affairs.


1994 32 Years Old On his return, Brooks joined the neo-conservative Weekly Standard when it was launched in 1994–95.
1996 34 Years Old In 1996, he edited an anthology, Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing.
2000 38 Years Old In 2000, Brooks published a book of cultural commentary titled Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There to considerable acclaim. … Read More


2003 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Brooks argued forcefully for American military intervention, echoing the belief of commentators and political figures that American and British forces would be welcomed as liberators.
2005 43 Years Old In 2005, Brooks wrote what columnist Jonathan Chait described as "a witheringly condescending column" portraying Senator Harry Reid "as an unhinged conspiracy theorist because he accused the W. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old On August 10, 2006, Brooks wrote a column for The New York Times entitled "Party No. 3". … Read More
2007 45 Years Old In a March 2007, article published in The New York Times titled "No U-Turns", Brooks explained that the Republican Party must distance itself from the minimal-government conservative principles that had arisen during the Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan eras. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old Brooks has frequently expressed admiration for President Barack Obama. In an August 2009, profile of Brooks, The New Republic describes his first encounter with Obama, in the spring of 2005: "Usually when I talk to senators, while they may know a policy area better than me, they generally don’t know political philosophy better than me. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old In writing for The New York Times in January 2010, Brooks described Israel as "an astonishing success story". … Read More
2011 49 Years Old However, in December 2011, during a CSPAN interview, Brooks' expressed a more tempered opinion of Obama's presidency, giving Obama only a "B-" rating, and saying that Obama's chances of re-election would be less than 50-50 if elections were held at that time. … Read More


2012 50 Years Old In 2012, Brooks was elected to the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. … Read More
In 2015, Brooks wrote that "from the current vantage point, the decision to go to war was a clear misjudgment" made in 2003 by President Bush and the majority of Americans who supported the war, including Brooks himself. … Read More
However, in a February 2016 New York Times Op-Ed, Brooks admitted that he missed Obama during the 2016 primary season, admiring the president's "integrity" and "humanity" among other characteristics.
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