Rich Lowry
Lowry in 2014
Born (1968-08-22) August 22, 1968 (age 55)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
Occupation(s)Editor-in-chief, syndicated columnist
Known forNational Review

Richard Lowry (/ˈlri/; born August 22, 1968)[1] is an American writer who is the former editor and now editor-in-chief of National Review, an American conservative news and opinion magazine. Lowry became editor of National Review in 1997 when selected by its founder, William F. Buckley, Jr., to lead the magazine. Lowry is also a syndicated columnist, author, and political analyst who is a frequent guest on NBC News and Meet the Press. He has written four books.

Early life

Lowry was born and grew up in Arlington, Virginia, the son of a social worker mother and an English professor father.[1][2][3][4] After graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history.[5] He was editor of the Virginia Advocate, the school's conservative monthly magazine.


After graduating, Lowry worked for Charles Krauthammer as a research assistant, and, later, as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia.[5]

In 1992, Lowry joined National Review, after finishing second in the magazine's young writers' contest. In the summer of 1994, he became the articles editor for National Review and moved to Washington, D.C. to cover Congress.[5] In November 1997, Lowry became editor of National Review at the age of 29, taking over from John O'Sullivan, who had succeeded Buckley in that position ten years earlier.[6] At the time, Buckley said of Lowry, "I am very confident that I've got a very good person."[6]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lowry praised Florida governor Ron DeSantis for his hands-off approach to COVID-19 in a May 2020 column titled "Where does Ron DeSantis go to get his apology?".[7][8]

Lowry writes a syndicated column for King Features and an opinion column for Politico.

As a political commentator, he regularly appears on various cable shows and network Sunday shows, including NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, and FOX News Sunday.

External videos
video icon Booknotes interview with Lowry on Legacy, November 9, 2003, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Lowry on Lincoln Unbound, June 18, 2013, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Lowry on Lincoln Unbound, March 22, 2014, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Lowry on The Case for Nationalism, November 18, 2019, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Lowry on The Case for Nationalism, December 29, 2019, C-SPAN


Lowry has written three non-fiction books. His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years[9] is a polemic against former President Bill Clinton, whom he characterizes as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief".[10] In June 2013, he published the Abraham Lincoln political biography Lincoln Unbound.[11]

Lowry with then United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a 2019 National Review Institute summit

In November 2019, he published The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free.[12] In a review in Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University Professor of Government, Charles King, criticized the book, arguing that Lowry's definition of a nation is vague, ahistorical and contradictory: "few of Lowry's statements would pass muster with historians", and that Lowry's assertions about the unity, homogeneity and fixity of units such as Ancient Egypt, Korea, Japan and China "should be an embarrassment" to "any serious thinker."[13] Pulitzer Prize winner Carlos Lozada was harshly critical of the book in a review for The Washington Post, describing it as an attempt to sanitize President Donald Trump's variant of nationalism and "part of a larger effort on the right to create an after-the-fact framework for Trumpism, to contort the president's utterances and impulses into a coherent worldview that can outlast him — a sort of rescue mission for the conservative movement."[14]

Lowry's first novel, the political thriller Banquo's Ghosts, was co-written with Keith Korman and published in 2009.[15]

Personal life

In June 2011, Lowry married Vanessa Palo at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan.[16]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Rich Lowry". NNDB. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Power Punk: Rich Lowry". Observer. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  3. ^ "Edward D. Lowry, R.I.P." National Review. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Edward D. Lowry's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ a b c "Rich Lowry". National Review Online. Archived from the original on April 23, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ a b "National Review Changing Editor". The New York Times. November 5, 1997. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Gancarski, A. G. (2020-05-21). "For Ron DeSantis, conservative press is media of record". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  8. ^ Fineout, Gary; Dixon, Matt (21 May 2020). "Florida's long-running voter fraud probe ends — DeSantis unleashes on former health department employee — State officials didn't warn public about early signs of pandemic". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  9. ^ Lowry, Richard (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. New York: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298.
  10. ^ Lowry 2003, p. 2.
  11. ^ Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787.
  12. ^ Lowry, Richard (2019). The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062839640.
  13. ^ "America's Original Identity Politics". Foreign Affairs. 2019-11-13. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  14. ^ Lozada, Carlos (2019). "The inherently, intrinsically and inevitably flawed case for American nationalism". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ Blum, William (June 8, 2009). "The Anti-Empire Report". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  16. ^ Allen, Mike (28 June 2011). "How advisers sway Obama - Florida trends Dem. - Twitter courts journalists - Pawlenty to hit rivals as dovish - Bachmann calls herself 'substantive' - Rich Lowry married - Leon Panetta b'day". POLITICO. Retrieved 2023-02-27.