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Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby became an op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe in February 1994. Seeking a conservative voice to balance its famously liberal roster of commentators, the Globe hired him away from the Boston Herald, where he had been chief editorial writer since 1987. The Boston Phoenix has dubbed his twice-weekly essays a "a must-read",' describing Jacoby as "the region's preeminent spokesman for Conservative Nation". A native of Cleveland, Jacoby graduated with honors from George Washington University in 1979, and from Boston University Law School in 1983. He practiced law for a short time at the nation firm of Baker & Hostetler, but returned to Boston to become deputy manager of Ray Shamie's 1984 campaign for the US Senate. In 1985-1987, Jacoby was an assistant to Dr. John Silber, who at the time was president of Boston University. In addition to his print work, Jacoby has been a political commentator for WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio affiliate. For several years he hosted "Talk of New England", a weekly television program, and has often appeared as a panelist on WCVB-TV's "Five on Five". He is an overseer of the Huntington Theatre Company, the largest resident theatre in Boston, and is on the board of The Concord Review, a quarterly journal of essays on history by secondary students worldwide. In 1999, Jacoby became the first recipient of the Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, a $10,000 journalism prize.