Tom Gross is a journalist, international affairs commentator and human rights campaigner, specializing in the Middle East. He was formerly mideast correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph of London and the New York Daily News.
He serves on the international advisory boards of the Raif Badawi Foundation, campaigning for the release of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent liberal political prisoner, and the Center for Cultural Diplomacy & Development, a joint Muslim-Christian-Jewish organization set up by the daughter of an Iranian Ayatollah.
He has written editorials, features and reviews for a broad range of publications, both liberal and conservative. These include in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Weekly Standard and New York Post; in Britain, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Spectator, Harpers and Cosmopolitan; in Canada, The National Post; in Australia, The Australian; in Israel, Haaretz, Maariv, The Jerusalem Post and Jerusalem Report; and elsewhere, the Italian and Czech editions of Elle.
In recent years, Gross has worked as a political and media commentator and analyst. He has contributed to the Media Blog and columns on National Review, to the Full Comment website of Canada’s leading nationwide paper, The National Post, 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 been called a Stakhanovite by The Spectator magazine.
Gross has also lived and worked in Prague, where in the past 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 Czech daily newspaper).
Elle and MTV
In 1990s, he was a key member of the team that helped launch the Czech edition of Elle magazine. This was the first international glossy magazine 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).