Open main menu

Richard A. Lowry (/ˈlri/; born August 22, 1968)[1] is an American writer and the editor of National Review, an American conservative news and opinion magazine. He is also a syndicated columnist, author, and political pundit.

Rich Lowry
Rich Lowry CPAC 2014 1 Portrait.jpg
Rich Lowry at CPAC 2014
Richard A. Lowry

(1968-08-22) August 22, 1968 (age 50)
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Virginia (BA)
OccupationEditor, columnist
Known forNational Review
Spouse(s)Vanessa Palo (m. 2011)


Life and careerEdit

Lowry was born on August 22, 1968[1] in Arlington, Virginia, the son of a social worker mother and an English professor father.[2][3][4] He grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history.[5] He was editor of the Virginia Advocate, the school's conservative monthly magazine. After graduating, he worked for Charles Krauthammer as a research assistant, and later worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia.[5]

In 1992, Lowry joined National Review, after finishing second in the magazine's young writers' contest. In the summer of 1994, he became the articles editor for National Review and moved to Washington DC to cover Congress.[5] In November 1997, Lowry became editor of National Review at the age of 29, taking over from John O'Sullivan who succeeded Buckley in that position ten years earlier.[6] At the time, Buckley said of Lowry, "I am very confident that I've got a very good person."[6]

As a political columnist, Lowry has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications.[5] In addition to his syndicated column with King Features, Lowry is an opinion columnist for Politico. He has also contributed essays to Time magazine.

As a political commentator, he regularly appears on the Fox News Channel, KCRW's Left, Right & Center, CNN, and has guest-hosted on Hannity. He was a frequent guest panelist, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Mort Zuckerman, on the long-running PBS series The McLaughlin Group. He is also an occasional panelist on Sunday shows, including NBC's Meet the Press and ABC's "This Week."

Rich Lowry at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), March 8, 2014

Lowry has written two non-fiction books. His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years[7] is a polemic about President Bill Clinton, whom he deprecates as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief".[8] In June 2013, he published the political biography Lincoln Unbound.[9] Lowry has also written fiction. In 2009, Lowry and Keith Korman wrote Banquo's Ghosts, a political thriller. The plot revolves around a nuclear-armed Iran and an inebriated leftist journalist.[10]


  • Lowry, Rich (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. Washington DC: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298.
  • Lowry, Rich; Korman, Keith (2009). Banquo's Ghosts. New York: Vanguard Press. ISBN 978-1593155681.
  • Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787.


  1. ^ a b "Rich Lowry". NNDB. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Power Punk: Rich Lowry". Observer. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  3. ^ "Edward D. Lowry, R.I.P." National Review. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Edward D. Lowry's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ a b c d "Rich Lowry". National Review Online. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "National Review Changing Editor". The New York Times. November 5, 1997. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Lowry, Richard (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. New York: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298.
  8. ^ Lowry 2003, p. 2.
  9. ^ Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787.
  10. ^ Blum, William (June 8, 2009). "The Anti-Empire Report". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2014.

External linksEdit