Thomas Vinciguerra

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Thomas Vinciguerra in Port Washington, NY (December 8, 2015)
Born (1963-10-08) October 8, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationWriter, Author

Thomas Vinciguerra (born October 8, 1963) is a journalist, editor and author. A founding editor of The Week magazine, he has published widely about popular culture and other subjects in the New York Times , [1] as well as in The Wall Street Journal , The New Yorker , GQ and other publications.



Raised in Garden City, New York, he attended Columbia College, where he was an editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator . Graduating in 1985 with a BA in history, he continued his studies on campus, receiving his MS from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University the following year. While at the Journalism School he refounded the Philolexian Society, Columbia's oldest student organization; he was subsequently designated its "Avatar", though he is no longer recognized as such. In 1990, he received an MA in English from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. [2]


From 1987 to 1998, Vinciguerra was an editor at Columbia College Today , the College's alumni publication. [3] He joined The Week upon its inception in 2001 and remained there until 2010. Today, he is executive editor of Indian Country Today Media Network.

He is the editor of Conversations with Elie Wiesel (Schocken, 2001) and Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker (Bloomsbury, 2011). [4] The Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post selected the latter volume as one of his 11 best books of 2011. [5] In November 2015, he published the original volume Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber and the Golden Age of the New Yorker (W.W. Norton), which chronicles the early years of the New Yorker magazine. [6] [7] [8] [9] He has appeared on the History Channel, NY1, Fox News, John Batchelor Show, and the Leonard Lopate Show, among other venues. [10]


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