Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America, and most recently of The Faculty Lounges … And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For. Riley is also the co-editor of Acculturated, a book of essays on pop culture and virtue published this spring by the Templeton Press. Ms. Riley’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications.
Ms. Riley served as the deputy Taste editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she covered religion, higher education and philanthropy for the editorial page. Prior to joining the Journal, she founded In Character, a magazine published by the John M. Templeton Foundation. She has been the recipient of the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Journalism Fellowship. She is the winner of the 2006 American Academy of Religion’s Newswriting Contest for Opinion Writing.
Ms. Riley has given guest lectures at schools around the country, including Hillsdale College (where she offered a two-week journalism seminar), New York University, the University of Notre Dame, the College of the Holy Cross, Grove City College and Bethel College.
She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and Government. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and their three children.