John Elliott

John Elliott

Senior Fellow

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John is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. In this role, he is responsible for directing seminars, organizing networking events and mentoring Intellectual Takeout’s journalism interns.

 

John previously directed the journalism programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has many mentees at media outlets in New York and Washington. John got his journalism experience working for Dutch and German television. He covered four presidential elections as well as breaking news stories such as 9/11 in New York City.

 

John has a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York City and a B.A. in German from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Universitaet Tuebingen in Germany and the Theological College of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.

Recent blog posts by this author

The Joys of Not Gifting at Christmas

Fifteen years ago my wife returned from an exhausting day-long Christmas shopping expedition with the declaration: “I can’t do this anymore!” The pressure to find the perfect gifts was too much, so we made the drastic decision to end our gift-...

Why Frequent Firings Are a Sign of a Good President

President Trump is planning to get rid of John Kelly, his Chief of Staff. The list of the top officials fired or pushed out during the first two years of the Trump administration is getting pretty long: -  FBI Director James Comey...

Why the Pence Rule is Conquering Wall Street

If a young, female executive wants to find an experienced male colleague on Wall Street to mentor her, she can stop looking now. In the wake of #Metoo and the Brett Kavanaugh affair, male bankers and lawyers are quite literally...

A Case for Dropping out of College

Samuel Knoche has dropped out of college. In a fascinating article for Quillette he lists the reasons why he has abandoned his computer science major at Fordham University.  For starters, Knoche has found that the costs outweigh the benefits...

The Hidden Messages in the Wizard of Oz

As a child, the coming of the holiday season heralded several important events: Thanksgiving dinner with my grandparents, singing in the children’s choir at the Christmas Eve service, and the Christmas day reception at the house of our best friends...

Three Reasons America Should Have Stayed Out of World War I

When the United States declared war on April 6th, 1917, it insured a German defeat. American money and men made the crucial difference in 1918, forcing the Germans to sue for peace.  Today we remember the end of that war, which used to be...

Three Reasons Brazilians Elected Their Own ‘Trump’

Brazilians have just elected a new president, Jair Bolsonaro, that many commentators have compared to Donald Trump. Bolsonaro is gladly embracing that comparison, all while his supporters chant, “Make Brazil Great Again...

How Parents Can Be Friends with Their Adult Children

Since I have three children in their thirties, I am always interested in advice about how parents and grown children can get along better. “Grown daughter” Deanna Pai discusses “how to navigate to a relationship of equals” with parents in a recent...

A Third of Millennials Identify as Democratic Socialists: Why I am Not Surprised

My colleague, Annie Holmquist, recently wrote about a survey showing that a third of millennials identify as Democratic Socialists. She suggested that poor historical knowledge might be one of the causes. As a baby boomer I can understand that. I...

Doxing: The Dangers of Cyber-Tribe Hunting

On September 20th,  four Dutch children, ages four to eight, were killed when a passenger train struck their electric cargo bike at a railroad crossing in the town of Oss. Two of the four dead were sisters, a third sister was badly hurt. The...

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