George F. Will (1941-) is a prominent U.S. columnist, author and commentator on politics and society, as well as an authority on baseball. Of generally conservative ideology, his writing is considered well-researched and noninflammatory, and evaluating ideas on their merits. He is syndicated in over 450 newspapes, and is a contributing editor and Sunday morning panelist for ABC News, and is a prominent columnist for Newsweek.
Before journalism, he taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto, and worked on the Senate staff of Gordon Allott. He became a syndicated columnist in 1974, in the Writers' Group established by Katherine Graham and Bill Bradlee of the Washington Post. Prior to starting a column for Newsweek in 1976, he was Washington editor for National Review.
He won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for his newspaper columns, a 1978 National Headliners Award for his "consistently outstanding special features columns" appearing in Newsweek, and a finalist citation in the Essays and Criticism category of the 1979 National Magazine Awards competition In 1980, his article on New York City's finances earned him a 1980 Silurian Award for Editorial Writing. The Washington Journalism Review named him "Best Writer, Any Subject" in 1985. National Journal, in 1997, called him one of the 25 most influential Washington journalists.