|Born||1965/1966 (age 57–58)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
Joseph Weisberg (born 1965/1966) is an American television writer, producer, novelist, and school teacher. Weisberg is best known as the creator and showrunner of the FX TV series The Americans and The Patient (co-created with Joel Fields).
A 1987 graduate of Yale University, Weisberg became a CIA officer three years after graduation, and after a short career with the Agency, Weisberg taught at The Summit School, a private special education high school in Queens, New York City 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.
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. The Americans was executive-produced by Weisberg and Justified creator Graham Yost. In 2022, Weisberg co-created and showran the limited FX series The Patient.
Weisberg authored two novels: 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. An Ordinary Spy was nominated for the Believer Book Award.
Weisberg is also the author of the non-fiction book Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War, which was published in 2021.
Weisberg grew up in a Jewish family in Chicago, the son of civil rights attorney Bernard Weisberg and former Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg. He is the younger brother of Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg.