Conservative Al Regnery Resigns as Publisher of The American Spectator

By Michael W. Chapman | February 23, 2012 | 7:08pm EST

( – Alfred S. Regnery, publisher of The American Spectator, a highly respected conservative news and opinion magazine, resigned from his position on Feb. 20 at the request of the board of directors, apparently because of differences over the future direction of the publication. He had served as publisher since 2003.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., editor-in-chief of The American Spectator, said that Regnery had been “a very positive force” for the magazine, “but he’s moved on.”

In a statement sent to, Al Regnery said: “At the request of the board of directors of the American Spectator Foundation, I resigned my position as publisher and president of The American Spectator on Monday, February 20.

”My resignation was the culmination of discussions within the organization that have gone on for the past several months on the direction of the magazine, the editorial policy and content, and whether new editorial staff should be added. It has been my position that in a market difficult for print media, and in the Spectator's situation of declining circulation and readership, that to survive the Spectator needed to make a number of strategic changes to its operations.

"I also believed that with the changes I was advocating, the Spectator had the opportunity to fill a void in American right-of-center political journalism, could have a greater impact on the philosophical and political scene, while increasing circulation, revenue and the institution's ultimate financial stability.

“The editorial leadership and the board disagreed, preferring instead to continue with the present editorial staff and policies.

“I wish the leadership and the staff of The American Spectator many more years of success, and hope that the organization's products will continue to resonate on the national political and cultural scene.”

When asked about Regnery’s resignation, Tyrrell said, “Al has been a great friend and a very positive force at The Spectator, but he’s moved on.”

The American Spectator was founded in 1967 and grew to become a staple for conservative readers in the 1980s and 1990s. It publishes a monthly print version and can be found online at

Al Regnery is the son of publisher Henry Regnery (1912-1996), who founded the Henry Regnery Company, now named Regnery Publishing, Inc. The business has published some of the most important and influential conservative books in post-World War II America, including God and Man at Yale, McCarthy and His Enemies, and The Conservative Mind.

Al Regnery is the author of Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism, which was published in 2008 by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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