About us

The Spectator is the oldest magazine in the English language. Our writers hold no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion. We do not strive for impartiality — our motto is ‘firm, but unfair’ — but for originality and style.

The Spectator’s world edition, launched in 2018, is a magazine of ideas dedicated to great writing that covers politics, culture, arts and life. Published monthly in print and daily online, we’re dedicated to covering the most interesting stories and publishing the best commentary on what’s happening in the US and around the world.

The Spectator was established in 1828 in Britain and is the oldest magazine in the English language. In 2018, we launched our global edition, bringing to the rest of the world the same insight, original thought the British have enjoyed for 190 years. Our magazine’s reputation is founded on our unique approach to the art of journalism and the many brilliant writers we’ve published down the years: G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Evelyn and Auberon Waugh, Ian Fleming, Alexander Chancellor, Iris Murdoch, Christopher and Peter Hitchens, Peregrine Worsthorne, Michael Lewis, Christopher Buckley, P.J. O’Rourke, Lionel Shriver…we could go on.

With editions around the globe, The Spectator gives you insight and analysis on the inner workings of Downing Street, Pennsylvania Ave and all streets in between.

Read by business and world leaders, we cover the globe and influence the world in a way few can — with irreverence, wit and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

The Spectator is more cocktail party than political party. It is the place to come if you enjoy stimulating, original and funny writing. You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it.


Zack Christenson

Managing editor
Matt McDonald

Assistant editor
Teresa Mull

Washington editor
Amber Athey

Staff writers
J.P. Villasmil

Books editor
Alexander Larman

Food & drink editor
Lara Prendergast

Life editor
Ross Anderson

Ben Domenech

Contributing editors
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Andrew Bacevich, Melissa Chen, Jacob Heilbrunn, Roger Kimball, Matt Labash, Michael Lind, John R. MacArthur, Daniel McCarthy, Billy McMorris, Stephen L. Miller, Charles Lipson, Chadwick Moore, Bridget Phetasy

Art director
Yasmina Green

Marketing manager
Avery Schrier

President & publisher
Zack Christenson