Jan Macháček is an award-winning Czech journalist, a musician, and a leading commentator on political economy issues. He writes for the daily newspaper Hospodarske noviny and weekly Respekt, and provides analysis for Czech public radio and television. Mr. Macháček teaches journalism at NYU Prague, he has lectured widely, and contributes to Aspen Institute Reviews.
During communism, Mr. Macháček was involved in underground culture and samizdat publishing. Following the 1989 revolution, he and others from samizdat publishing, created Respekt, the country’s first independent media outlet. There, he was recognized for his investigative and analytical writing.
Mr. Macháček chairs the Vaclav Havel Library, he is a member of the board of Transparency International Czech Republic, and in 2010 was again awarded the Ferdinand Peroutka Award for outstanding journalism. Mr. Macháček has been a fellow of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (1998) and the National Forum Foundation in Washington (1994).