|Born||1957 (age 56–57)
New York City, New York, United States
|Alma mater||George Washington University Law School|
|Occupation||Columnist, writer, political commentator, journalist|
|Spouse(s)||Robert P. Parker|
Mona Charen is an American columnist and political analyst, and the author of two books, Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First (2003) and Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us) (2005). She was also a weekly panelist on CNN's Capital Gang until its cancellation. Her political stance is conservative. Charen usually writes about foreign policy, terrorism, politics, and culture. She regularly writes about her Jewish faith and is also known for her generally pro-Israel views. On ecological issues, Charen often writes skeptically about environmentalists, who, she argues, often "may not know what they're talking about".
Life and career
Charen, born in 1957 in New York City, was raised in Livingston, New Jersey, where she went to school with fellow journalist Ruth Marcus starting in fourth grade. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1979 and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1984. She wrote a column for National Review magazine, where she was an editorial assistant. Later she joined the staff of First Lady Nancy Reagan as a speechwriter. She then worked on President Reagan's staff, in the White House Office of Public Liaison and in the Office of Communications.
Charen served as Jack Kemp's speechwriter during his unsuccessful 1988 presidential bid. She launched her syndicated column in 1987 It is syndicated by Creators Syndicate and is featured in more than 200 papers, including the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Washington Times.
Charen was a regular weekly commentator on CNN's The Capital Gang, which appeared on Saturdays. Following an on-air heated exchange with fellow panelist Al Hunt, after which the two of them did not appear on the same panel for several weeks, Charen switched to Capital Gang Sunday when that program was launched, appearing until the program's cancellation.
Her columns also appear online at National Review Online, TownHall.com and the e-zine Jewish World Review. Charen has spoken out in disagreement with former Capital Gang co-host Robert Novak regarding her tenure on the show and the reason for her departure. This caused a heated editorial exchange between her and Novak.
In 2001, when Charen worked for the Hudson Institute, she supported the dismissal of her research assistant, investigative journalist Evan Gahr after he called Christian Right leader Paul Weyrich "a demented anti-Semite" for saying that "Christ was crucified by the Jews." When Charen informed Gahr of his dismissal, which social critic Stanley Crouch likened to a "purge," she told Gahr that "I sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to seek psychological or psychiatric help."
She and Jay Nordlinger host a regular podcast on Ricochet.com. In addition to current events and public policy, they often discuss their mutual appreciation for classical music.
Charen is married to Robert P. Parker, a Washington, D.C. lawyer. They have three sons.
- "Former Allies Torment Gingrich", Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, 8 March 1997
- "Rosh Hashanah" by Mona Charen, at TownHall.com, 14 September 2007
- "Will Israel solve our problem?" 20 January 2006; "Did Israel Drive Out the Arabs 60 Years Ago?" 9 May 2008; "Israel's Enemies Within" 7 January 2011 - in the Jewish World Review
- "Environmentalists: Hands Off My Dishes!" at Creators.com, 11 July 2011
- Mona Charen and Ruth Marcus, C-SPAN Q&A (television), July 9, 2006. Accessed February 24, 2011. "BRIAN LAMB, C-SPAN: Ruth Marcus, can you remember the first time you met Mona Charen? RUTH MARCUS, AUTHOR: I can’t remember the first time but I can remember many other times in the middle there because we were – we both started in Livingston, New Jersey in fourth grade."
- Prentice-Hall biography
- Creators Syndicate. Mona Charen Retrieved January 23, 2009.
- For Charen's version of the event and subsequent fall out, see "Prince of Darkness" by Mona Charen, National Review, 25 July 2007
- "Columnist Charen Wins Eric Breindel Award" Wall Street Journal, 7 June 2010
- Mona Charen biographical data from the NNDB database
- Charen, Mona (2005). Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us). Sentinel. ISBN 1-59523-003-3.
- Charen, Mona (2003). Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 0-89526-139-1.
- Podcasts of Charen's recent articles
- Mona Charen Features at Creators Syndicate
- Booknotes interview with Charen on Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First, March 30, 2003.
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Charen and Ruth Marcus, July 9, 2006
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Charen and Ruth Marcus, April 12, 2009