Peter Beinart Bio, Age, Wife, Early Life, Career, Detention, Publications

Peter Beinart Biography

Peter Beinart is an American columnist, journalist, and liberal political commentator. He is also a former editor of The New Republic, has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books among other periodicals.

Peter is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York.

Peter is also a senior columnist at Haaretz whose views on Israel evoke controversy. He also is a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, and programs on CNN.

Peter Beinart Age

Peter was born in 1971. He is about 48 years old as 2019.

Peter Beinart Early Life and Education

Peter was born in 1971 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. His parents were Jewish immigrants from South Africa.

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His mother Doreen, is a former director of the Harvard’s Human Rights film series at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. His father, Julian Beinart, is a former professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His stepfather is Robert Brustein, a theatre critic and playwright.

Peter attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. He later studied history and political science at Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Political Union, and graduated in 1993.

He was a Rhodes Scholar at University College, Oxford University, where he earned an M.Phil. in international relations in 1995.

Peter Beinart Wife

Peter is married to Diana Robin Hartstein. Diana is a lawyer. Peter and Diana got married into 2003.


The couple has two children and they all live in New York City. Peter keeps kosher, regularly attends an Orthodox synagogue, and sends his children to a Jewish school.

Peter Beinart Career

The New Republic

From 1995 to 1997, Peter worked at The New Republic as the managing editor. He then worked as the senior editor till 1999, and as the magazine’s editor from 1999 to 2006.

Peter also wrote The New Republic’s signature “TRB” column, which was reprinted in the New York Post and other newspapers.

He was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007 to 2009.


Peter is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at New America.

Peter has also written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and other periodicals. He also occasionally has appeared on various TV news discussion programs.

In 2012, Peter launched a new blog, “Open Zion”, at Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He was also a senior political writer for The Daily Beast.

On November 4, 2013, Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz announced that Peter would be hired as a columnist beginning January 1, 2014.

That very same day, the Atlantic Media Company said he would join National Journal and write for The Atlantic’s website beginning in January. He would cease operating his blog at The Daily Beast.

He was in 2012, included on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 top global thinkers.

Peter Beinart Detention

Peter was in 2018 detained by Shin Bet at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. He was questioned about his presence at West Bank protests and outspoken criticism of the Israeli government’s policies toward the Palestinians.

Peter called his experience “trivial” when compared to the experiences of others, particularly Palestinians and Palestinian Americans who travel through Israel’s main airport.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Israeli security forces and was told that Peter’s detention was an administrative mistake and that the country “welcomes all—critics and supporters alike.”

Peter Beinart Publications

  • The Crisis of Zionism. New York, NY: Times Books. 2012.
  • The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris. New York, NY: HarperCollins. 2010.
  • Peter Beinart (June 10, 2010). “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment”. The New York Review of Books.
  • The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror. New York, NY: HarperCollins. 2006.

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