Stuart S. Taylor, Jr.


Stuart S. Taylor, Jr. is an author and freelance journalist focusing on legal, policy and political issues, contributing editor for National Journal and a former nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Taylor has covered the Supreme Court and other matters for The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications and has appeared on all major television and radio networks, including PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Court TV, C-Span, NPR, and several abroad, winning various journalism awards. He coauthored, with KC Johnson, a critically acclaimed 2007 book, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. He has contributed chapters to books on subjects ranging from the Supreme Court to terrorism and civil liberties and is now coauthoring a book on affirmative action.

Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 1970 with an A.B. in History. After working as a reporter for the BaltimoreEvening Sun and Sun from 1971-1974, he moved to Harvard Law School, serving as a note editor for the Harvard Law Review, graduating in 1977 with high honors, and winning the Fay Diploma for ranking first in his class. He also won a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, which he used to travel around the world during the academic year 1977-1978 while studying freedom of the press in the United Kingdom and Kenya.

Taylor practiced law with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1978-1980. He joined the New York Times Washington Bureau in 1980, covering legal affairs from 1980-1985 and the Supreme Court from 1985-1988. Since then he has written commentary and in-depth magazine articles from 1989-1997 for The American Lawyer, Legal Times and their affiliates; a weekly opinion column for National Journal from 1998 until June 2010; and numerous articles since 1998 as a Newsweek contributing editor.