Kimberley Strassel

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Kimberley Strassel
Born Kimberley A. Strassel
(1972-07-24) July 24, 1972 (age 45)
Buxton, Oregon, U.S.
Education Princeton University
Occupation Journalist, author
Notable credit(s) Wall Street Journal

Kimberley A. Strassel (born July 24, 1972) is an author, journalist, and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. She writes a weekly conservative column, "Potomac Watch", which appears on Fridays.

Early life[edit]

Strassel grew up in Buxton, Oregon, and she graduated in 1990 from Banks High School in nearby Banks.[1] She graduated from Princeton University in 1994 with a B.A. in Public Policy and International Affairs and immediately took a position at the Wall Street Journal.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

Before joining the Editorial Board she was a news assistant for the European edition of The Wall Street Journal in Brussels (1994–1996) and a staff writer covering technology for The Wall Street Journal Europe in London (1996–1999). She moved to New York in 1999 to cover real estate before quickly joining the editorial page as an assistant features editor.[3]

In 2001, Strassel was the first mainstream journalist to cover problems with historian Michael Bellesiles's book Arming America (2000). Bellesiles resigned his professorship at Emory University in 2002 following an investigation launched by the university, and the Bancroft Prize for the book was revoked.[4]

She became a senior editorial writer and member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal in 2005.[3]

In 2006, Strassel co-wrote Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (ISBN 0-7425-4545-8), which argues that government regulation interferes with marketplace initiatives to provide women with economic opportunity.

In 2007, Strassel began writing the long-running "Potomac Watch" column for the Wall Street Journal.[3]

Strassel favorably profiled then-candidate for US vice president Sarah Palin shortly before the 2008 election in an article entitled "'I Haven't Always Just Toed the Line'".[5] The article originally appeared in the Weekend Interview section of The Wall Street Journal on November 1, 2008.

In 2012, Strassel wrote an editorial in the WSJ that alleged the Obama campaign was targeting Frank L. VanderSloot, a national finance co-chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and a top campaign donor.[6] Strassel's editorial was disputed by journalists and liberal commentators.[7][8][9] In May 2013, as part of the IRS targeting controversy, Strassel reported that the IRS (not the Obama campaign) targeted conservatives, including Frank L. VanderSloot.[10]

In 2014, Strassel won the $250,000 Bradley Prize, a prize awarded by a right wing organization. Columnist George Will and former CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes have also received this prize.[11]

In February 2016, Strassel was among the panelists for the South Carolina Republican presidential debate.[12]

In June 2016, she published a book called The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech, detailing her assertions about the IRS's alleged harassment of conservatives and other similar events.[13]

In November 2017, Strassel's coverage of the Trump-Russia dossier scandal was alleged to have stoked tensions between the Wall Street Journal's reporting staff and editorial Board (of which Strassel is a member); the latter having been widely criticised for taking a partisan, 'pro-Trump' stance.[14] The tensions have reportedly contributed to an exodus of leading journalists from the WSJ.[15] Strassel has referred to the "Steele Dossier", a collection of intelligence reports regarding Donald Trump's alleged connections with Putin's regime compiled by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, as " of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history" and refuted specific components of the Dossier as "ludicrous".[16]

Personal life[edit]

Strassel married journalist Matthew Rose in Buxton, Oregon on July 15, 2000.[17]


  1. ^ Smith, Taylor (June 27, 2014). "Buxton native and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel wins Bradley Prize". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
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  3. ^ a b c "Kimberley Strassel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Patricia (August 3, 2010). "Scholar Emerges From Doghouse". New York Times. 
  5. ^ "I Haven't Always Just Toed the Line". Wall Street Journal. November 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 10, 2012). "Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List". Wall Street Journal. 
  7. ^ "Wealthy Romney fundraiser apologizes for gay reporter's 'personal pain'". The Rachel Maddow Show. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.  Transcript available.
  8. ^ Trillhaase, Marty (August 1, 2012). "Picking On Idaho's defenseless millionaire" (PDF). Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  9. ^ Shere, David (May 14, 2012). "Fox, WSJ Pass Off Top Romney Campaign Official As A "Private Citizen"". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  10. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 19, 2013). "Strassel: The IRS Scandal Started at the Top". Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ "Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly A. Strassel to receive 2014 Bradley Prize". The Bradley Foundation. May 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Book Excerpt: Kimberley Strassel's 'The Intimidation Game'". ABC News. July 3, 2016. 
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  17. ^ "WEDDINGS; Kimberley Strassel, Matthew Rose". The New York Times. July 16, 2000. 

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