Jacob Weisberg (born 1964) is an American political journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of Slate Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company.
Weisberg is also a Newsweek columnist.
He served as the editor of Slate magazine for six years, until stepping down in June 2008.
He is the son of Lois Weisberg, a Chicago social activist and connector mentioned in Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point.
Weisberg's father, Bernard Weisberg, was a Chicago lawyer and, later, judge.
His parents were introduced at a cocktail party by novelist Ralph Ellison.
His mother is Lois Weisberg.
His brother is former CIA officer and television writer and producer Joe Weisberg.
Just let that sentence sink in for a moment.
Weisberg graduated from Yale University in 1986, where he worked for the Yale Daily News.
When a junior, he was offered a membership in Skull and Bones by then Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts John Kerry, but declined the offer, citing the club's exclusion of women.
Instead Weisberg was persuaded by The Washington Post's Robert G. Kaiser to join Elihu Society.
Elihu is likely the first society to tap an undergraduate from an ethnic minority – Henry Roe Cloud, a Native American who graduated in 1910 – and one of Yale's first black female undergraduates, in keeping with its contemporary reputation for diversity. It was the third of the above-ground societies to tap women.
Seems this was a trend amongst a (((certain kind of people))).
In a March 2000 essay on Yale's societies in Salon.com, Jacques Leslie, a Jew from a Democratic family in California, recalled learning he would be tapped for Skull and Bones. "I was leaning towards Elihu," wrote Leslie, who later became a journalist and author, "the sole above-ground society that was headquartered in an actual frame house with windows." When the Bonesmen arrived to tap Leslie, he shouted "Reject!" The surprised expression on the Bonesman's face was printed on the following day's New York Times second front page. "Skull was first," noted The Times in its caption, "but he chose Elihu."
Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman was also courted by Skull and Bones, despite the fact that he wrote editorials critical of the society in the Yale Daily News. "Heresy of all heresies," Lieberman wrote in The News, "it would be wonderful if, as a symbolic gesture, the societies some day put windows in their buildings. No other institution seems to separate the haves from the have-nots so forcefully in the eyes of students." But Skull and Bones chose to ignore Lieberman's complaints and tapped him anyway. Lieberman rejected Bones in favor of Elihu. "It was too old Yalie," Lieberman told a friend about Bones. "Instead," noted The Los Angeles Times, Lieberman "joined the Elihu Society, a more intellectual club."
The political journalist Jacob Weisberg, formerly editor of Slate, was similarly offered membership in Skull and Bones by Senator John Kerry. Weisberg declined, citing Bones' exclusion of women. Shortly afterwards Weisberg was persuaded by The Washington Post's Robert G. Kaiser to join Elihu instead.
Weisberg is married to style and fashion journalist (((Deborah Needleman))), formerly editor of domino magazine.