E. J. Dionne

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E. J. Dionne
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E. J. Dionne
Born Eugene Joseph Dionne Jr.
(1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Author, columnist
Nationality American
Alma mater Portsmouth Abbey School
Harvard University
Balliol College, Oxford
Subject religion, history, politics, left-wing politics
Spouse Mary Boyle
Children James, Julia, Margeaux

Eugene Joseph "E. J." Dionne Jr. (/dˈɒn/; born April 23, 1952) is an American journalist and political commentator, and a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at the McCourt School of Public Policy, a Senior Research Fellow at Saint Anselm College, and an NPR, MSNBC, and PBS commentator.

Life and career[edit]

Dionne was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1952, and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. He is the son of the late Lucienne (née Galipeau), a librarian and teacher, and Eugene J. Dionne, a dentist.[1][2] He is of French-Canadian descent.[3] He attended Portsmouth Abbey School (then known as Portsmouth Priory), a Benedictine college preparatory school in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Dionne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University (1973), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was affiliated with Adams House. He also earned a DPhil in Sociology from Balliol College, Oxford (1982), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dionne's published works include the influential 1991 bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics, which argued that several decades of political polarization was alienating a silent centrist majority. It was characterized as radical centrist by Time magazine.[4] Later books include They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era (1996), Stand up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and Politics of Revenge (2004), Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008), and Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012).

Dionne is a columnist for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic publication. Before becoming a columnist for the Post in 1993, he worked as a reporter for that paper as well as The New York Times. He has recently joined the left-liberal The National Memo news-politics website.

Dionne lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Mary Boyle, and three children, James, Julia, and Margot.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Fletcher, Paul (May 5, 1988). "Fall River native E.J. Dionne returns as New York Times political reporter". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Sean (March 22, 2012). "Columnist E.J. Dionne has fond memories of Fall River". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Q&A With Bob Levey". The Washington Post. March 7, 2000. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  4. ^ Duffy, Michael (May 20, 1991). "Looking for The Radical Middle". Time magazine. Retrieved February 21, 2013.

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