Tom Gross is a journalist and international affairs commentator, specializing in the Middle East. He was formerly Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph of London and for the New York Daily News.
He has written editorials, features, reports and reviews for a broad range of other publications too. These include, in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal, National Review and New York Post; in Britain, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Financial Times, Evening Standard, Spectator, Harper’s and Queen and Cosmopolitan; in Canada, The National Post; in Australia, The Australian; in Israel, Ha’aretz, Ma’ariv, The Jerusalem Post and Jerusalem Report; and elsewhere, the Italian and Czech editions of Elle. He also worked as a staff writer and editor at The Jerusalem Post for two years.
In recent years, Gross has worked as a political and media commentator and analyst. He contributes to the Media Blog on National Review, to the Full Comment website of Canada’s leading paper, The National Post (more recent entries here), and serves as an advisor to various other media, including Radio Farda, the leading pro-democracy station broadcasting into Iran, and to organizations such as NGO Monitor and Keren Malki (a charity for special needs children). He is a founding signatory to The Henry Jackson Society’s Statement of Principles.
He has given lectures on the media, the Middle East and counter-terrorism strategies at Harvard, Yale, Tel Aviv University, the IDC, and the University of Nice, among others.
Besides receiving various positive accolades, he has been parodied on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, and jokingly voted World’s Worst Person on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC Countdown program. (Gross says he was misquoted by Olbermann.) Gross has also been called a Stakhanovite.
Before being based in the Middle East, Gross lived and worked in Prague, where he served as correspondent (covering the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Albania) for the London Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He also wrote a regular weekly op-ed column for The Prague Post and occasional op-eds for Lidove Noviny (a leading Czech daily newspaper).
Elle and MTV
In 1993-5, he was a key member of the team that helped launch the Czech edition of Elle magazine. This was the first international glossy magazine title in post-communist Eastern Europe. Tom Gross also served as Prague Events Coordinator for MTV Europe, and co-authored The Time Out Guide to Prague.
Oxford and Law
Gross was educated at Oxford University (where he studied politics, philosophy and economics), and is a qualified lawyer (having trained with two London law firms, specializing in media and entertainment law, and in industrial relations and libel law).