Kathleen Parker

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Kathleen Parker
Born Winter Haven, Florida
Education Winter Haven High School
Alma mater Florida State University (M.A.)
Occupation Columnist
Notable credit(s) Orlando Sentinel
Washington Post

Kathleen Parker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American newspaper columnist. Her columns are syndicated nationally by The Washington Post and appear in more than 400 media outlets, both online and in print.[1] Parker is a consulting faculty member at the Buckley School of Public Speaking, a popular guest on cable and network news shows and a regular panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press" and MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews. An entertaining speaker on politics and culture, she is represented by Leading Authorities in Washington, DC.[2] Parker describes herself politically as "mostly right of center"[3] and was the highest-scoring conservative pundit in a 2012 retrospective study of pundit prediction accuracy in 2008.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Parker grew up in Winter Haven, Florida, graduated from Winter Haven High School, and attended Converse College and the University of Valencia before transferring to Florida State University, where she majored in Spanish literature. She holds a Master's degree in the subject from Florida State and was also a Master's dance student at the University.


A columnist since 1987, she has worked for five newspapers, from Florida to California. She has written for several magazines, including The Weekly Standard, Time, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune Small Business.

She serves on the Board of Contributors for USA Today's Forum Page, part of the newspaper's Opinion section. She is also a contributor to the online magazine The Daily Beast. Parker is the author of Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care.

Starting in the fall of 2010, Parker co-hosted the cable news program Parker Spitzer on CNN with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.[5] In 2011 she left the show to focus more on her writing.

Parker was the 1993 winner of the H.L. Mencken Writing Award presented by the Baltimore Sun.[6] The Week magazine named her one of the nation's top five columnists in 2004 and 2005.[citation needed] She won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a selection of political opinion columns.[7]


Parker made news during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when she called on the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, to step down from the party ticket, saying that a series of media interviews showed that Palin was "clearly out of her league".[8][9][10] Parker received over 11,000 responses, mostly from conservatives criticizing her.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to an attorney, has one son and two stepsons, and resides in Camden, South Carolina.[12]


  1. ^ "Kathleen Parker". Newsmax. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.leadingauthorities.com/speakers/kathleen-parker.html
  3. ^ "Larry King Live". 2010-09-30. CNN.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  4. ^ Media Relations. "Pundit - Executive Summary - Hamilton College". Hamilton.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Spitzer, Parker to host primetime CNN show". CNN. 
  6. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1993-09-23/news/1993266074_1_mencken-kathleen-parker-marion-elizabeth-rodgers
  7. ^ "Washington Post Leads in Pulitzers". The Wall Street Journal. 2010-04-13. 
  8. ^ Mooney, Alexander (2008-09-26). "Palin should step down, conservative commentator says". CNNPolitics.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26. Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party. 
  9. ^ Weisman, Jonathan (2008-09-26). "Conservative Columnist Turns on Palin". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-26. Parker, after a scalding critique of Palin's readiness for high office, begs the Alaska governor to step down from the Republican ticket. 
  10. ^ Parker, Kathleen (2008-09-26). "Palin Problem: She's Out of Her League". National Review. Retrieved 2008-09-26. Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League. 
  11. ^ Reliable Sources, CNN, October 5, 2008. Transcript on Lexis/Nexis. Retrieved August 2009.
  12. ^ Ellen Belcher (May 15, 2005). "Beyond the Byline: Kathleen Parker". Dayton Daily News (Ohio). 

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