Fred Barnes

The Weekly Standard

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.


Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator

From 1998 to 2009, he was host, along with Mort Kondracke, of the “Beltway Boys” on FOX News. Mr. Barnes appears regularly on FOX’s“Special Report with Bret Baier.” From 1988 to 1998, he was a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group.” He has also appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” “CBS This Morning,” “Nightline,” “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

In addition, Barnes hosts “Issues in the News” on Voice of America. Formerly, he was chief correspondent on the PBS series “National Desk” and host of “What’s the Story?” on Radio America.

Mr. Barnes authored the book Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush in 2006 based on his exclusive interviews with top administration officials – as well as President Bush.

Over the years, he has written for Reader's Digest, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator, Washingtonian, the Public Interest, Policy Review and both the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times of London.

The Media Guide has given Barnes four stars — its highest rating — and called him "a great political reporter-columnist" whose material is "exquisitely timed." 

Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

See Mr. Barnes’ latest column for The Weekly Standard here.


CPAC Seminars

February 10th, 2011

WJI will offer editorial critiques, panel discussions and seminars for young journalists attending CPAC '11 in Washington, D.C., February 10-12, 2011.

WJI Annual Top Grad Conference

October 4th, 2012

This highly selective conference is for 15 WJI alumni graduates only. The conference is an all-expense paid weekend in October in Washington, DC at the Dupont Hotel. A series of seminars and meals is held in conjunction with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington with EPPC Vice President Michael Cromartie acting as conference moderator.