Staff

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

Editor-in-Chief

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of numerous books such as The Death of Liberalism and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.

Wlady Pleszczynski

Executive Editor

Wlady Pleszczynski is the Executive Editor of The American Spectator. He has been with the magazine for nearly 40 years. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement. Wlady is also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Evan Maguire

Development Manager

Evan Maguire is The American Spectator's Development Manager. A graduate of American University '18, Evan has been with The American Spectator since the summer of 2017, when he joined The Young Writers Program as an intern. In addition to his development works, he writes on religion and foreign policy.

Melissa Mackenzie

Publisher

Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. She commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats.

Hannah Rowan

Managing Editor

Hannah Niemeier Rowan is Managing Editor at The American Spectator. A Nebraska native, she attended Michigan’s Hillsdale College, where she graduated in 2018 with a degree in English and journalism. She then took a year-long position at The New Criterion, an arts and culture journal in New York City, as their Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism. In summer 2019, she moved to northern Virginia to get married (to Nic Rowan, a Washington Examiner reporter and American Spectator contributor) and join The American Spectator as a Poynter–Koch Media and Journalism Fellow and editor.

Amory Manuel

Head of Technology

Amory Manuel is Head of Technology at The American Spectator. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied history and computer science while serving as the Executive Editor of The Michigan Review.

Board of Directors

  • Robert Luddy — Chairman
  • Paul Charnetzki — Treasurer
  • Sam Dealey
  • Peter Leidel
  • Rebekah Mercer
  • James Piereson
  • Anthony Saliba
  • Alan Somers
  • Thomas Tarzian
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
  • William Wade