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.

The American Spectator Foundation educates the public on new ideas, concepts, and policies that favor traditional American values, such as economic freedom, individual liberty, self-sufficiency, and limited government.  To this end, the Foundation also trains and cultivates young writers for careers in journalism and serves as an outlet for a host of both young and established conservative writers and thinkers.


Editor-in-ChiefR. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Editorial DirectorWlady Pleszczynski
PublisherMelissa Mackenzie

Editorial Office

The American Spectator
122 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


The American Spectator LLC
is a subsidiary of
The American Spectator Foundation


Legal CounselSolitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish & Short


Development ManagerAlex Kiselica
Office ManagerEvan Maguire

Senior Editors

Chief Saloon CorrespondentAram Bakshian Jr.
Spirits CorrespondentKevin Kosar
American LifeDov Fischer
Roving CorrespondentDoug Bandow
National PoliticsScott McKay
California WatchSteven Greenhut
Economics EditorBrian Wesbury
Paris BureauJoseph A. Harriss
Movie and Culture CriticJames Bowman
Senior Editorial AdvisorRobert L. Bartley (1937–2003)
KapellmeisterBaron Von Kannon (1949-2015)

Contributing Editors


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