About Mona Charen

Mona Charen

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist  and political analyst living in the Washington, D.C., area.

She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University, with honors. Ms. Charen also holds a degree in law from George Washington University.

Ms. Charen began her career at National Review magazine, where she served as editorial assistant. On her first tax return at the age of 22, Ms. Charen listed her occupation as "pundit," explaining later, "You have to think big."

In 1984, Ms. Charen joined the White House staff, serving first as Nancy Reagan's speechwriter and later as associate director of the Office of Public Liaison. In the latter post, she lectured widely on the administration's Central America policy. Later in her White House career, she worked in the Public Affairs office, helping to craft the president's communications strategy.

In 1986, Ms. Charen left the White House to join the presidential campaign of then-Congressman Jack Kemp as a speechwriter.

Ms. Charen launched her syndicated column in 1987, and it has become one of the most widely read columns in the industry. It is featured in more than 150 newspapers and websites.

She spent six years as a regular commentator on CNN's “Capital Gang” and “Capital Gang Sunday,” and has served as a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes. She has served as a fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Jewish Policy Center and is the author of two bestsellers: “Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First” (2003); and “Do-Gooders: How Liberals Harm Those They Claim to Help -- and the Rest of Us” (2005).

In 2010, she received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism.

Ms. Charen is a frequent guest on television and radio public affairs programs and is married with three sons.

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Red Death, Blue Health? Dec 06, 2019

Josef Stalin is reputed to have said: "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic." In the hands of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the deaths of thousands can be a partisan bludgeon. A number of scholars have pond... Read More

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On Being the Good Guys Nov 29, 2019

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It's the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing c... Read More

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Is Caitlin Flanagan Right About the Abortion Debate? Nov 21, 2019

Caitlin Flanagan has written a searing piece for The Atlantic titled "The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate: Why We Need to Face the Best Arguments From the Other Side." Flanagan argues that neither the pro nor the anti side of the abortion debate re... Read More

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What Is the American Idea? Nov 15, 2019

If I were addressing a young audience today, I would face an uphill battle to explain why conservatism so inspired me during my own impressionable years. Today, what has been dubbed "Conservatism, Inc" has become so cynical, so nasty, so truth-challe... Read More