Jacob Weisberg is one of America's most prominent writers on politics and policy and a successful pioneer in online publishing.
He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group, a new division of The Washington Post Company tasked with developing a family of Internet-based publications through start-ups and acquisitions. The flagship publication is Slate magazine.
While serving as Slate’s Editor (2002-2008), Jacob saw the online magazine turn a profit. He greatly expanded its content, broadened its advertising base, and launched several new initiatives. In 2008, Slate won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online.
Jacob oversaw the launch of The Big Money (2008-2010), a website dedicated to economic analysis and commentary with user tools.
Jacob is the author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2008, and the Bushisms series. With former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, he co-wrote In an Uncertain World, which was published in 2003. His first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996.
Jacob joined Slate shortly after its founding in 1996 as Chief Political Correspondent, at a time when you still had to explain the Internet to some people, let alone the idea of an Internet magazine. Previously, he worked as a writer and editor at The New Republic and covered politics for New York magazine.
Jacob writes a bi-weekly column for Newsweek. He has also been a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington, as well as a weekly editorial-page columnist for the Financial Times.
He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.
Innovations at Slate
Partnerships. Under Jacob's leadership, Slate established two innovative relationships in 2008 that extend its brand to reach new audiences with new offerings:
- Slate took the Doonesbury Town Hall site under its domain, though Gary Trudeau still controls its content. Doonesbury is now carried on Slate and the magazine plans to work with Trudeau to develop features.
- In a first-ever co-producing deal with NPR, Slate co-produced the Day to Day newsmagazine show, contributing stories by Slate staff.
Expanded content. Slate also began covering new areas under Jacob's leadership, adding a regular TV columnist and music feature, a travel section, and increasing coverage of technology and business, art and architecture, food and wine. Slate also launched Slate V, a video podcast source.
About Slate. Slate is a daily online magazine that offers fresh angles on stories in the news and innovative entertainment coverage, with a signature wit and irreverence. Pushing the boundaries of convention, Slate publishes provocative commentary on topics such as politics, culture, business and technology.
The Slate Group
The Slate Group includes
The Root, an online magazine for African-American audiences, and
The Slate Group is owned by The Washington Post Company.
- Editor-in-Chief, The Slate Group
- Author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, a NYT bestseller
- Former Columnist, Newsweek
- Former Editor of Slate and Chief Political Correspondent
- Former editorial page columnist, Financial Times
- Frequent commentator, National Public Radio
- Former Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine
- Former Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
- Graduate, Yale University
- Rhodes Scholar, New College, Oxford