The BB&T Distinguished Speakers Series
Jason Riley has worked at the Wall Street Journal for more than 20 years, writing opinion pieces on politics, economics, education, and immigration and race, among other subjects.
He is also a commentator for Fox News, where he has appeared for more than a decade, and a frequent public speaker.
He joined the Journal in 1994, was named a senior editorial-page writer in 2000, and became a member of the editorial board in 2005.
In 2008, he published “Let Them In,” which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy. His second book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” about the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass, was published in 2014. He joined the Manhattan Institute in 2015.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has also worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.