George Will is one of the most widely recognized - and widely read - writers in the world. With more than 480 newspapers, his Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will has been called the most influential writer in America. Known as learned, opinionated and controversial, Will has been syndicated nationally by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974. Two years later, he signed on as a contributing editor for Newsweek, and in 1981, he became a founding member of the panel on ABC's "This Week."
In 1977, Will won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "distinguished commentary on a variety of topics." Often combining factual reporting with conservative commentary, Will's columns are known for their erudite vocabulary, allusions to political philosophers, and frequent references to his favorite sport, baseball. In 1985, he was named the best writer on any subject in a readers' poll conducted by The Washington Journalism Review.
Other honors include the 1978 National Headliner Award for consistently outstanding feature columns and the 1980 and 1991 Silurian Award for editorial writing. Women in Communications awarded him First Place/Interpretive Column in the 1991 Clarion Awards competition.
Eight collections of his Newsweek and newspaper columns have been published, beginning with "The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts" in 1978. His latest compilation, "One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation," was released in 2008.
Other books include "Statecraft as Soulcraft", a work of political philosophy that originally appeared as the Godkin Lecture at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1981; "The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election," which prefaced the 1988 presidential campaign; and "Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball," which topped national best-seller lists in 1990. His book, "Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy" argued for the need to limit politicians' time in office.
Born into an academic family, Will attributes his attitude, if not his politics, to the influences of his parents, Frederick L. Will, then a philosophy professor at the University of Illinois, and Louise Will, a high school teacher and editor of a children's encyclopedia. He attended Trinity College in Connecticut, Oxford University in England and received a Ph. D. from Princeton University in political science in 1967.
Prior to entering journalism, he taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto; he also served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Gordon Allott. Prior to becoming a columnist for Newsweek, Will was Washington editor of the National Review, a leading conservative journal of ideas and political commentary