Keynote Speaker: George F. Will
George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has
been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today, it appears twice weekly in
approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In addition, he
currently serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. In 1976, he became a
regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly
essay until 2011.
In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns.
Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns
have been published, the most recent being One Man's America. In 1990, Will
published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best
seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010 as a 20th
Anniversary special edition with a new introduction (paperback). In 1998, Scribner
published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on
Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on
baseball. His new book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One
Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's
Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.
For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on
ABC television's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Will was born in Champaign,
Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and
Princeton University, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has taught
Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Will
served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973
through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. Today, Will
lives and works in Washington.