Sol Stern is a contributing editor of City Journal and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow. During 1966–72, he was an editor and staff writer for Ramparts magazine. Stern spent the next 12 years as a freelance writer and editor. From 1985 to 1994, he was director of issues, press secretary, and senior policy advisor in the Office of the City Council President of New York. In 1994, Stern was appointed executive director of a New York State commission on juvenile-justice reform.
Stern’s writings on education helped shape New York City’s education reform movement. He is the author of Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice (2003). His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Commentary, The New Republic, New York Daily News, Newsday, Village Voice, New York, Sports Illustrated, and New Statesman. Stern holds a B.A. from the City College of New York and an M.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.