Menachem Wecker is the former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C., and a part-time religion and arts blogger and freelance writer for the Belief section of the Houston Chronicle.
Wecker holds a master’s degree in art history from George Washington University (where he studied with Prof. Barbara von Barghahn) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Yeshiva University. He also trained at Massachusetts College of Art,School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Art Institute of Boston, and has exhibited his drawings, paintings, and photographs at galleries in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
From 2003 to 2012, Wecker authored more than 250 reviews as part of a Jewish arts column he co-wrote for The Jewish Press, a national publication based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to joining U.S. News, he worked at George Washington University for five years, first as assistant director of public affairs (publications and media) at the Elliott School of International Affairs and then as a writer for the university’s official online daily news service, GW Today. Previously, he was assistant editor of B’nai B’rith Magazine.
His articles and reviews have appeared in the following publications (in part):
Chicago Tribune, Arab American News, Religion News Service, Mormon Artist Magazine, Mormon Times, National Catholic Reporter, Arlington Catholic Herald, The Christian Index, Relevant Magazine, New York Arts Magazine, NY Press, World & I, Forward, Tablet, Nextbook, American Jewish Life Magazine, World Jewish Digest, Jerusalem Post, JTA, NY Jewish Week, Washington Jewish Week, Baltimore Jewish Times, New Voices, My Jewish Learning, altMuslim.com, jbooks.com, DCist.com, interfaithfamily.com, and Jewish Currents.