WASHINGTON (July 2, 2013) — The R Street Institute today announced that author, columnist and policy expert Reihan Salam has joined its team as a senior fellow.

In his new role, Salam will undertake a number of research projects for R Street, including forthcoming studies on carbon taxes, nuclear power and congestion pricing and road usage. He also will represent R Street in a variety of media appearances and op-ed writings.

“I’m delighted to be joining R Street. I look forward to working with the R Street team to identify practical, cost-effective policy reforms that can better the lives of all Americans,” Salam said.

A contributing editor at the National Review and lead blogger for National Review Online’s The Agenda, Salam most recently served as a policy adviser at e21. He is also a columnist for Reuters Opinion; a contributing editor at National Affairs; and co-author, with Ross Douthat, of “Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.”

“Reihan Salam is one of the preeminent policy thinkers working today,” R Street President Eli Lehrer said. “He’s innovative, iconoclastic, and really smart. That makes him a perfect fit for the team at R Street.”

Previously, Salam served as a fellow with the New America Foundation; a columnist for The Daily; an associate editor at The Atlantic; and a producer for NBC Universal’s The Chris Matthews Show. He started his career as a reporter-researcher at The New Republic before stints as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an editorial researcher for New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Salam’s writings have appeared in The Weekly Standard and Slate, among other publications. He is a CNN contributor and appears frequently on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. In addition, he has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered; HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher; BBC’s Newsnight; and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Salam is a 2001 graduate of Harvard University, with a bachelor’s in social studies. He lives in New York.

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