Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Peter Beinart is an American journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast website. Beinart worked at The New Republic until 2006, for much of the time writing The New Republic's signature "TRB" column, which was reprinted in the New York Post and other major American newspapers.
From 2007 to 2009, Beinart was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Beinart is the author of The Good Fight: Why Liberals, and Only Liberals, Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, and The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.
Bill Keller became Op-Ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine as well as other areas of the newspaper in September 2001. Previously, he served as managing editor from 1997 to September 2001 after having been the newspaper’s foreign editor from June 1995 to 1997. He was the chief of The Times bureau in Johannesburg from April 1992 until May 1995.
Before that, he had been a Times correspondent in Moscow from December 1986 to October 1991, the last three years as the newspaper's bureau chief. He won a Pulitzer Prize in March 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union.
Mr. Keller joined The New York Times in April 1984 as a domestic correspondent based in the Washington bureau. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Keller had been a reporter for The Dallas Times Herald since October 1982. From 1980 until 1982, he was a reporter for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in Washington, covering lobbyists and interest groups. He was a reporter for The Portland Oregonian from July 1970 until March 1979.
Born on January 18, 1949, Mr. Keller graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. degree in 1970 and completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in July 2000. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of Pomona College. Mr. Keller is married to Emma Gilbey. Ms. Gilbey is a writer and the author of a biography of Winnie Mandela. He has three children, Tom, Molly and Alice.
Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the perceived threat of Iran. He suggests that one of the main sources of alarm comes from the Republican debates, which he argues "are not enlightening, and not the place for any nuance or ambiguity."
Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller discusses the role emotion plays in Israel’s desire to attack Iran. He describes all the logical arguments to dissuade attacking Iran, but admits that emotional reactions are "almost unreachable by those sorts of arguments."