Jonathan S. Tobin is executive editor of Commentary magazine, America’s premier monthly journal of opinion and ideas. In addition to editing and writing feature articles for Commentary, he also writes for the magazine’s “Contentions” blog on its website – www.commmentarymagazine.com.
Prior to coming to Commentary at the beginning of 2009, Mr. Tobin was editor-in-chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2008. During his editorship the Exponent won over 120 awards for editorial and graphic excellence and solidified its reputation as one of the leading Anglo-Jewish newspapers in the world.
Mr. Tobin has also won numerous awards for his own writing. He has been named the top columnist and editorialist for Jewish newspapers in the country several times as well as top weekly columnist and editorial writer in the State of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he received the unique distinction of being named the best editorial columnist and the best arts critic in Greater Philadelphia by the Society of Professional Journalists in a competition in which he was chosen over writers from secular and daily newspapers.
Over all in his career, he is the recipient of 14 American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower awards, 11 Pennsylvania Spotlight Awards, 3 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Awards, 11 Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards and 8 Philadelphia Press Association Media Awards.
Mr. Tobin’s work has been syndicated to Jewish newspapers around the world and he has also served as a columnist at the Forward and is the author of the “View From America” column that appears in The Jerusalem Post.
He has lectured on campuses and to Jewish organizations around the country and has appeared on CNN, FOX News Channel, the BBC and numerous other media.
Prior to serving as editor of the Jewish Exponent, he previously served as editor of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger and contributing editor at the Miami Jewish Tribune.
Mr. Tobin was born in New York City and attended local schools before studying history at Columbia University. He currently lives in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania