Charen in February 2018
February 25, 1957|
New York City, New York, U.S.
B.A. Barnard College|
J.D. George Washington University Law School
|Occupation||Columnist, writer, political commentator, journalist|
|Spouse(s)||Robert P. Parker|
Mona Charen (//; born February 25, 1957) is an American columnist, political analyst, and author. She has written 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), both New York Times bestsellers. She was also a weekly panelist on CNN's Capital Gang until it was canceled. Her political stance is conservative. Charen often writes about foreign policy, terrorism, politics, poverty, family structure, public morality, and culture. She is also known for her generally pro-Israel views.
Early life and education
Charen was born to a Jewish family in New York City. She 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. degree with honors from Barnard College in 1979 and a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1984.
Charen wrote for National Review magazine, where she was an editorial assistant starting in 1979. Later she joined the staff of First Lady Nancy Reagan as a speechwriter. She then worked on President Ronald Reagan's staff, in the White House Office of Public Liaison and in the Office of Communications.
Charen served as Jack Kemp's speechwriter in his unsuccessful 1988 presidential bid. She launched her syndicated column in 1987. It is syndicated by Creators Syndicate and has been featured in more than 200 papers, including the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and 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, 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 was canceled.
Charen regularly appears on television, including Fox News, CNN, and other outlets, and participates as a commentator on radio, including NPR and other talk radio channels. She is a regular contributor to The Corner blog of National Review Online.
She and Jay Nordlinger host a regular podcast, Need to Know, on Ricochet.com and National Review Online. They often discuss, in addition to current events and public policy, their mutual appreciation for classical music.
In January 2016, Charen contributed to the National Review symposium against Donald Trump, writing, "Trump has made a career out of egotism, while conservatism implies a certain modesty about government. The two cannot mix."
In February 2018 she was invited to participate in a CPAC panel discussion. Her comments, which elicited boos and jeers from the audience, included the following:
I am disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women, who are in our party, who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women—and because he happens to have an ‘R’ after his name we look the other way...This is a party that endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate in the state of Alabama even though he was a credibly accused child molester. You cannot claim that you stand for women and put up with that...Speaking of bad guys, there was quite an interesting person who was on this stage the other day. Her name is Marion Le Pen. Now, why was she here? Why was she here? She’s a young, no-longer-in-office politician from France. I think the only reason she was here is because she’s named Le Pen. And the Le Pen name is a disgrace. Her grandfather is a racist and a Nazi. She claims that she stands for him. And the fact that CPAC invited her is a disgrace.
Charen subsequently wrote a New York Times op-ed entitled "I'm Glad I Got Booed at CPAC".
Charen is married to Robert P. Parker, a Washington, D.C. lawyer. They have three sons: Jonathan, David, and Benjamin.
- Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us). Sentinel. 2005. ISBN 1-59523-003-3.
- Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First. Regnery Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0-89526-139-1.
- Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch With Science, Love and Common Sense. 2018. ISBN 9780451498397.
- "Best Sellers: April 6, 2003". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Best sellers: January 23, 2005". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Former Allies Torment Gingrich", Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, March 8, 1997
- "Will Israel solve our problem?" January 20, 2006; "Did Israel Drive Out the Arabs 60 Years Ago?" May 9, 2008; "Israel's Enemies Within" January 7, 2011 – in the Jewish World Review
- Townhall Media: "Hating the Jews" by Mona Charen March 02, 2004
- Mona Charen and Ruth Marcus, C-SPAN Q&A (television), July 9, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2014. "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 Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "About Mona Charen, author of an opinion column that is syndicated by Creators Syndicate". creators.com.
- Creators Syndicate. Mona Charen Retrieved January 23, 2009.
- For Charen's version of the event and subsequent fallout, see "Prince of Darkness" by Mona Charen, National Review, July 25, 2007
- "Columnist Charen Wins Eric Breindel Award" Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2010
- "EPPC Flash: EPPC Welcomes Mona Charen as Senior Fellow". Ethics & Public Policy Center.
- Alberta, Tim (February 25, 2018). "Trump's Takeover of Conservatism Is Complete and Total". Politico. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- Charen, Mona (February 25, 2018). "I'm Glad I Got Booed at CPAC". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- Mona Charen biographical data from the NNDB database
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