Kimberley Strassel

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Kimberley Strassel
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Born Kimberley A. Strassel
(1972-07-24) July 24, 1972 (age 46)
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 American 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]



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]

Op-ed writer[edit]

She became a senior editorial writer and member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal in 2005.[3] In 2007, she 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'".[4] 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.[5] Strassel's editorial was disputed by journalists and liberal commentators.[6][7][8] 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.[9]

In November 2017, Strassel's coverage of the Trump–Russia dossier controversy 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 criticized for taking a partisan, 'pro-Trump' stance.[10] The tensions have reportedly contributed to an exodus of leading journalists from the WSJ.[11] Strassel has referred to the Trump–Russia dossier, a collection of intelligence reports regarding Donald Trump's alleged connections with Putin's regime compiled by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, as "one of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history" and characterized specific components of the Dossier as "ludicrous".[12]

In May 2018, Strassel was blamed with inflaming right-wing sources and their conspiracy theories, eventually leading to the unmasking of the identity of Stefan Halper, an American expatriate who alerted the FBI and CIA to possible links between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian intelligence services.[13][14] Whilst Strassel has argued that the Trump Campaign was "set up" by American intelligence services,[15] FBI Director, Chris Wray, stated that the exposure of such sources undermines the safety of the American people.[16] Strassel claimed that the FBI revealed Halper's identity to friendly media like the New York Times and Washington Post for their own purposes, and to spin the narrative.[17]


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 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.[18]


In 2014, Strassel won the $250,000 Bradley Prize, a prize awarded by a conservative foundation.[19]

In February 2016, Strassel was among the panelists for the South Carolina Republican presidential debate.[20]

Strassel is known for vigorously defending Trump administration officials on Twitter. In April 2018, Strassel defended the travel expenses and accommodation arrangements of Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.[21] Thirteen separate federal investigations were subsequently opened into Pruitt's alleged ethical and legal violations, precipitating the head of the EPA to resign.[22] Strassel dismissed the allegations against Pruitt as 'overwrought' and characterised his resignation as the result of coordinated attacks by 'organized greens' and 'the green swamp'.[23][24][25]

Strassel has suggested that James Comey attempted to 'entrap' President Trump, while serving as Director of the FBI.[26] Strassel has also characterized the FBI's counterintelligence operation to prevent Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election as an illegitimate effort by the FBI to spy on the Trump Campaign.[27][28][29] According to The Wall Street Journal, claims of improper spying have been discounted by leading Republicans, such as Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy.[30][31]

In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Strassel called for a debate on teachers carrying concealed firearms and suggested they could also be equipped with stun grenades to protect their students.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Strassel married journalist Matthew Rose in Buxton, Oregon on July 15, 2000. The couple has three children.[33][34]


  1. ^ Smith, Taylor (June 27, 2014). "Buxton native and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel wins Bradley Prize". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ (1:19)
  3. ^ a b c "Kimberley Strassel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  4. ^ "I Haven't Always Just Toed the Line". Wall Street Journal. November 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 10, 2012). "Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List". Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ "Wealthy Romney fundraiser apologizes for gay reporter's 'personal pain'". The Rachel Maddow Show. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.  Transcript available.
  7. ^ Trillhaase, Marty (August 1, 2012). "Picking On Idaho's defenseless millionaire" (PDF). Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 19, 2013). "Strassel: The IRS Scandal Started at the Top". Wall Street Journal. 
  10. ^ Pompeo, Joe. ""A Different Level of Crazy": Inside The Wall Street Journal's Civil War". 
  11. ^ Graves, Lucia (10 September 2017). "The Wall Street Journal's Trump problem" – via 
  12. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (10 November 2017). "Lifting the Steele Curtain" – via 
  13. ^ "'The Day that We Can't Protect Human Sources': The President and the House Intelligence Committee Burn an Informant". Lawfare. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  14. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (2018-05-10). "About That FBI 'Source'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  15. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (2018-05-17). "Was Trump's Campaign 'Set Up'?". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  16. ^ CNN, David Shortell and Clare Foran,. "FBI director defends agency amid scrutiny from House Republicans". CNN. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  17. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  18. ^ "Book Excerpt: Kimberley Strassel's 'The Intimidation Game'". ABC News. July 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly A. Strassel to receive 2014 Bradley Prize". The Bradley Foundation. May 2014. 
  20. ^ CBS This Morning (12 February 2016). "What to expect from South Carolina GOP debate" – via YouTube. 
  21. ^ "Meltdown Media Fails To Notice Pruitt's Predecessors Spent Much More". The Federalist. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  22. ^ "E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals". Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  23. ^ "Kimberley Strassel on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  24. ^ "Kimberley Strassel on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  25. ^ Board, The Editorial (2018-07-05). "Pruitt Drowns in the Swamp". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-07-06. 
  26. ^ "Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) | Twitter". Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  27. ^ "Kimberley Strassel on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  28. ^ "Kimberley Strassel on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  29. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (2018-05-10). "About That FBI 'Source'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  30. ^ Gurman, Sadie (2018-06-06). "Paul Ryan, Like Trey Gowdy, Says FBI's Trump Campaign Probe Was Appropriate". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  31. ^ Strassel, Kimberley A. (2018-05-10). "About That FBI 'Source'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  32. ^ Hart, Benjamin. "WSJ Editorial Board Member: Arm Teachers With Stun Grenades". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  33. ^ "Weddings – Kimberley Strassel, Matthew Rose". The New York Times. July 16, 2000. 
  34. ^ "Buxton native and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel wins Bradley Prize". 

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