Joe Weisberg
Born1965/1966 (age 56–57)[1]
Alma materYale University
Notable work

Joseph Weisberg is an American television writer-producer, novelist and school teacher.[2] Weisberg is best known as the creator and executive producer of the FX TV series The Americans.


A 1987 graduate of Yale University, Weisberg became a CIA officer three years after graduation,[2] and after a short career with the Agency, Weisberg taught at The Summit School, a private special education high school in Queens, New York until 2010 when he went on to pursue a career in television. One of his final projects at Summit School was helping students found the school newspaper, The Summit Sun.[3]

Weisberg wrote episodes for TNT's alien invasion series Falling Skies and the DirecTV legal drama Damages. He then created The Americans, an FX series centering on two KGB sleeper agents, who pose as American citizens in Washington, D.C. during the 1980s.[2] The Americans was executive-produced by Weisberg and Justified creator Graham Yost.[4][5]

Weisberg authored two novels: 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy.[6] An Ordinary Spy was nominated for the Believer Book Award.[7]

Weisberg is also the author of the non-fiction book Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War.

Personal life

Weisberg grew up in a Jewish family in Chicago,[8] the son of civil rights attorney Bernard Weisberg and former Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg.[2] He is the younger brother of Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg.[2] Weisberg married Julia Rothwax, former press secretary to presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bill Bradley, in 2005.[2][9] The couple have a daughter.[2]


Falling Skies


The Americans



  1. ^ Holson, Laura M. (March 29, 2013). "The Dark Stuff, Distilled". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Holson, Laura M. (March 29, 2013). "The Dark Stuff, Distilled". New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "News" (PDF). The Summit Sun. June 2010.
  4. ^ Bill Brioux (2013-01-30). "The Americans debuts on FX Canada Jan. 30". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 16, 2011). "FX Greenlights Drama Pilot About 1980s KGB Spies Posing As U.S. Suburbanites". Deadline. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Waxman, Olivia B. (30 January 2013). "Q&A: The CIA Officer Behind the New Spy Drama The Americans". Time Magazine. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "The Believer Book Award 2007 finalists". The Believer'. March–April 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Bloom, Nate (September 14, 2017). "Jewish entertainers well-represented at Emmy Awards". Saint Louis Jewish Light.
  9. ^ Rothwax, Julia. "Julia Rothwax biography". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 2, 2016.