2019 Honorees

Commencement Speaker

David Brooks
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

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David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, a position he has held since September 2003. He is also an executive director at the Aspen Institute, where he leads Weave: The Social Fabric Project. He is currently a commentator on “The PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Brooks began his media career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago before he joined the Washington Times in 1984, where he contributed editorials and film reviews. Two years later he joined The Wall Street Journal, initially editing the paper’s book reviews and briefly serving as a film critic. He then worked from the paper’s Brussels office as an editor and foreign correspondent. By the end of his tenure at the Journal in 1994, he was an editor of the paper’s opinion page. He became a senior editor at The Weekly Standard magazine at its inception and was also a contributing editor of Newsweek.


Brooks is the author of “The Road to Character” and “The Second Mountain,” which was released in April. He is on the faculty at Yale University and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


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