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Jeff Jacoby

Columnist and Associate Editor


Jeff Jacoby joined the Boston Globe as an op-ed columnist in 1994 and for three decades has provided readers with commentary that informs, interprets, inspires — and sometimes infuriates. When he was six years old, Jeff announced that he intended to be a judge when he grew up. With that goal in mind, he eventually went to law school, passed the bar, and joined a large law firm — but eventually decided that it would be better to issue opinions in the pages of a daily newspaper than from a bench in a courtroom.

Jeff was born and raised in Ohio and will always consider himself a Midwesterner, no matter how long he lives in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of George Washington University and Boston University Law School. In 1999, he became the first recipient of the Breindel Prize, a major award for excellence in opinion journalism. In 2014, he was included in the “Forward 50,” a list of the most influential American Jews. As a journalist, his travels have taken him from Cuba to Gaza to the Korean DMZ, and he has interviewed newsmakers as varied as Lech Walesa, Elie Wiesel, and Mikhail Gorbachev. In addition to his twice-weekly column, he also writes Arguable, a newsletter distributed by email each week to 200,000 subscribers.