Joseph Farah

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(Journalist, author)
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BornJoseph Francis Farah
July 6, 1954
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Alma materWilliam Paterson University
SpouseElizabeth Farah
Founder ofWorldNetDaily
Member ofUnited States Committee for a Free Lebanon
The founder, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah is the founder, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily (WND). He has written of the murder of Vince Foster, and promoted the claim that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Early Life

Farah was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on July 6, 1954, to parents of Syrian and Lebanese ancestry. His father was a schoolteacher. He graduated from William Paterson University, in Wayne, New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications.[1]


Farah made a name for himself with traditional daily newspapers prior to his founding of WorldNetDaily – running the Sacramento Union, directing the news operation of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years and serving as editor in chief of a group of California dailies and weeklies.[2] While at the Sacramento Union (a newspaper owned prior to Farah's tenure by Richard Mellon Scaife), Farah took the paper in an even more conservative direction than it had been under Scaife and skewing stories to reflect conservative ideas. Farah resigned as editor 15 months later; under his editorship, the paper's circulation declined nearly 30 percent, from 72,000 to 52,000. [3] (The paper closed in 1994 but was revived in 2004.)

After leaving the Union, Farah and James H. Smith, the former publisher of the Union, co-founded the Western Journalism Center (WJC). In 1997 the WJC started WorldNetDaily, and in 1999 WND was spun off as a for-profit subsidiary. The greater part of WND is owned by Farah.[4]

Farah writes a daily column for WND and a weekly column syndicated by Creators Syndicate. He has written for publications such as the Jerusalem Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Wall Street Journal.[5]

Farah is a member of the Council for National Policy.[6]

The website of the Ariel Center for Policy Research lists Farah as a "Contributing Expert." In June 2001, Farah authored a policy paper for the Center titled "How Islam Plays the Press". The paper was published in the Center's journal Nativ, and later as part of the book Muhammad's Monsters.[7]

In April 2019, WorldNetDaily announced that Farah had suffered a stroke and would withdraw from the website's day-to-day operations until he recovers.[8] Farah eventually resumed regular commentaries in late November 2020.

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  2. Joseph Farah bio, WorldNetDaily, accessed May 8, 2008.
  3. ConWebWatch Primer: WorldNetDaily, ConWebWatch, accessed May 8, 2008.
  4. ConWebWatch Primer: WorldNetDaily, ConWebWatch, accessed May 8, 2008.
  5. Joseph Farah bio, WorldNetDaily, accessed May 8, 2008.
  6. CNP Database, Watch Unto Prayer, accessed May 8, 2008.
  7. Contributing Experts, Ariel Center for Policy Research, accessed May 8, 2008.
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