About Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders became the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal shortly before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. She reports regularly from the White House and pens analysis columns distributed by Creators Syndicate.

Prior to working for the RJ, Saunders wrote a usually conservative column for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1992 through 2016. In 2002, the prestigious National Journal’s “Talking Heads” column listed Debra J. Saunders as a member of the A-team of the top political journalists working outside the Beltway. Vaughn Ververs wrote: “An independent voice working for a left-leaning newspaper, Saunders covers California and national politics, as well as the state's political personalities. Her column is frequently a welcome change in tone from the rest of the editorial page, and she regularly throws punches at both sides.”

Before joining The Chronicle, Saunders worked as a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News for five years.

Saunders' column is syndicated through Creators Syndicate and runs in newspapers throughout the country. Saunders also has written pieces that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard.

Before her work as a journalist, Saunders worked in politics as a writer/researcher and account executive for Russo Watts & Rollins in Sacramento, Calif., and Todd Domke Associates in Boston.

In 1992, Saunders taught a course in editorial and column writing at UCLA Extension, and led a study group on political speechmaking at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1984. In 1980, Saunders graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a B.A. in Greek and Latin.

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Whistling Past the Graveyard Oct 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — It started out predictably last month with a Washington Post story about a whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's remarks during a phone conversation. The conversation included a "promise" made to an unk... Read More

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The Silence of the Aides Oct 06, 2019

WASHINGTON — There is a price to pay when a U.S. president communicates mostly through tweets, off-the-cuff responses to shouted questions and the rare press conference given in concert with a foreign leader. And that price is decreased credibi... Read More

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Trump Impeachment Inevitable Sep 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — I covered President Bill Clinton's House impeachment and the Senate's vote not to convict him. I thought the House was right to impeach and the Senate right not to convict. Clinton's lying under oath was serious enough to merit cen... Read More

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San Francisco Needs to Clean Up Its Act Sep 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is right about San Francisco. It is, as he said, "a total disaster" that needs to clean up its act. It's a dystopian pit. It stinks. It feels dangerous. It isn't clean. It is an expensive temple to a left-win... Read More