About Us

The American Spectator was founded in 1924  by George Nathan and Truman Newberry over a cheap domestic ale in McSorley’s Old Ale House. In 1967, the Saturday Evening Club took it over, rechristening it The Alternative: An American Spectator, but by November 1977 the word “alternative” had acquired such an esoteric fragrance that in order to discourage unsolicited manuscripts from florists, beauticians, and other creative types, the club reverted to the magazine’s original name. Published remarkably without regard to gender, lifestyle, race, color, creed, physical handicap, or national origin.


Editor-in-Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Editorial Director Wlady Pleszczynski

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The American Spectator Foundation

Executive Director Donald Rieck
Office Manager Daniel DeFonce


Legal Counsel Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish & Short


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Senior Editors

Chief Saloon Correspondent Aram Bakshian Jr.
Economics Editor Brian Wesbury
Paris Bureau Joseph A. Harriss
Movie and Culture Critic James Bowman
Senior Editorial Advisor Robert L. Bartley (1937–2003)

Contributing Editors

Art Direction/Production Jeffrey P. Macharyas
Kapellmeister Baron Von Kannon (1949-2015)