|Membership level: Hall of Fame|
Inductee Year 2014
|Andrew Ferguson ’74 was active in student government at Hinsdale Central, as well as serving on the yearbook staff his Junior year and the newspaper his Senior year. He attended Occidental College, graduating in 1978, after which he worked for several years as a rock musician, a paralegal, a truck driver, a warehouseman, and a graduate student.
Since 1985 he has been a columnist for Time magazine, the American Spectator, Fortune magazine, TV Guide, Conde Nast Traveler, Commentary, Bloomberg News, National Review, and Scripps Howard Newspapers, and has written for many other publications, including the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Republic.
Ferguson worked as a senior writer for Washingtonian magazine and is currently a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, which he joined at its founding in 1995. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Association Award for Best Columnist and the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism. He has appeared frequently as a commentator and panelist on NPR, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Comedy Central, the BBC, and other radio and television outlets. In 1992, he served as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.
Ferguson is the author of three books: Fools’ Names, Fools’ Faces, a collection of essays; Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America, named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune; and Crazy U: One Dad’s Adventures Getting His Kid Into College, which was an “editors’ pick” at the New York Times Book Review. Film rights to Crazy U have been sold to New Line Cinema for a comedy starring the comedian Will Ferrell, currently in development.
Ferguson’s work has been widely anthologized. The novelist Christopher Buckley has called Ferguson “one of my all-time favorite writers.” The humorist Florence King writes: “Andrew Ferguson is a writer with perfect pitch and flawless timing who can go from hilarity to poignancy without missing a beat.” He is now writing a book about aging in America for Simon and Schuster. He is the father of two grown children, Gillum and Emily, and lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Denise and their dog Buster.