Richard Just

Richard Just is the deputy editor of The New Republic. From September 2002 until December 2003, he was editor of The American Prospect Online. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, he was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.

Richard is also the founder and executive director of The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day program for students from under-resourced high schools who are planning to pursue careers in journalism. The program is held annually on the campus of Princeton University; its inaugural session took place in August 2002.

Recent Articles

Divest Fest:

The inane campus left is at it again. From the small -- but loud -- segment of American college students that barely waited for the World Trade Center's second tower to fall before protesting the war against terrorism comes a nascent campaign to persuade universities to sever ties with companies linked to Israel.

Knight Lite

It's a good thing -- and maybe not a coincidence -- that ESPN neglected to send author John Feinstein a ticket to a recent premiere of "A Season on the Brink," the TV movie based on Feinstein's 1986 book about Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight. Feinstein, who parlayed his observation of Knight's 1985-86 season into arguably one of the finest pieces of sports journalism ever written, has made no secret of his contempt for ESPN's adaptation of his material. "I'm not sure the people from ESPN ever read the book," an annoyed Feinstein told me.

Doofus Ex Machina

For months those who care about the Middle East have been hoping for a deus ex machina -- an instant solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And since Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah proposed last week that Arab countries recognize Israel in return for a full withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders, many have jumped to the optimistic conclusion that his proposal signals the beginning of a long-awaited endgame to the conflict.

Outside Shot

During the winter of his junior year at tiny Albion
College in Michigan, Dolph Grundman saw his basketball coach make an unusual
decision: One of the team's seldom-used forwards asked if he could skip a game
at nearby Olivet College to study for an exam. Few middle-school coaches, let
alone college coaches, would have said yes--but low-key, diplomatic Cedric
Dempsey did.

Super Bowl Highs:

There were a handful of times last night when the packed living room where I watched the Super Bowl seemed to fall silent with concentration. One came when the New England Patriots' Adam Vinatieri lined up to attempt his game-winning field goal with seven seconds left. Another came during one of several advertisements sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.


Built around the (true) premise that terrorist groups and states that harbor them, such as Afghanistan, have been known to traffic in drugs, the ads accused American drug users of financially supporting terrorism.


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