Jay Tolson

Jay Tolson is Editor of The Hedgehog Review, a publication of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. A journalist, editor, author, and critic, Tolson covered religion, culture and ideas for U. S. News & World Report after working for more than decade as the literary editor and editor of the Wilson Quarterly. More recently, he served as the news director of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic, directed the French to Africa service of the Voice of America, and launched the Global News Network for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. His interest in religion and cultural and intellectual history runs throughout his journalism and criticism and informed his prize-winning biography of novelist Walker Percy, Pilgrim in the Ruins. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, the National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, The Times Literary Supplement (London), and other publications.