Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

Ms. Riley's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.

Pictures at an Opioid Overdose Exhibition

Is a picture worth a thousand public service announcements? That’s a question that the loved ones of overdose victims are facing now. Last week, Cheryl Towery posted a picture of herself with her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Elaina, right before Elaina passed away at a Detroit hospital from an apparent heroin overdose. “’She’s my only daughter, my … Continued


Ethnic Fraternities are Weaponizing Oppression on Campus

Anyone who has the slightest familiarity with university life in recent years knows that students are under pressure from professors, administrators and their peers to examine and embrace their racial and ethnic identities (well, as long as that race is not white or Jewish). But apparently it’s not just African-American studies classes or La Casa … Continued


What ‘Young Sheldon’ Teaches Us About the Google Memo Firing

“You’re gonna get your ass kicked in high school.” That’s what Sheldon Cooper’s nine-year-old twin sister tells him at the dinner table during the trailer for this fall’s new show, Young Sheldon. The CBS program, which follows the early life of one of the main characters on The Big Bang Theory, is a reminder that … Continued


We Need ‘Confederate’ to Remind Us that Not Everything Bad is Slavery

“Because, for some, the Confederacy isn’t alt-history. It’s right now.” That’s how an activist who goes by the Twitter handle @ReignofApril explained her reason for organizing a protest against a new HBO series. The show, which is called Confederate, takes as its premise an alternative history in which the South seceded from the Union and … Continued


Take it From Oprah: Accept Yourself, Just Not Every Pound

Oprah Winfrey has had some wacky ideas over the years—she gave a platform to vaccine denier Jenny McCarthy, not to mention faith-healing promoter Dr. Oz—but you don’t get to be the most successful businesswoman in the world without having a pragmatic core. And judging by a recent article in the New York Times Magazine, that … Continued


Is Marriage ‘Evolving?’

It is not impossible to find married people who occasionally daydream about the early stages of dating. Remember the first time you met someone, the first time you went out to dinner, the early conversations when you didn’t know everything about the other person, when you spent time deciding what to wear and carefully considered … Continued