|Born||Anthony David Blankley
January 21, 1948
London, England, UK
|Died||January 7, 2012
Washington, District of Columbia, US
|Cause of death||Stomach cancer|
|Residence||Great Falls, Virginia|
|Education||UCLA, B.S. (political science)
Loyola Marymount University, J.D.
University of London, international law certificate
|Alma mater||Fairfax High School (Los Angeles)|
|Occupation||Public relations executive, newspaper editor, television commentator, radio commentator, prosecutor, child actor|
|Notable work||The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?, 2005
American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century, 2009
|Home town||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Spouse(s)||Lynda Davis, Ph.D., m. ca. 1985, 3 children|
|Parent(s)||Jack Blankley (deceased), Trixie Blankley (deceased; survived her son)|
|Relatives||Maggie Blankley, sister|
Anthony David "Tony" Blankley (January 21, 1948 – January 7, 2012) was an American political analyst who gained fame as the press secretary for Newt Gingrich, the first Republican Speaker of the House in forty years, and as a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. He later became an Executive Vice President with Edelman public relations in Washington, D.C. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in National-Security Communications at the Heritage Foundation, a weekly contributor to the nationally syndicated public radio program Left, Right & Center, the author of The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? and American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century.
Blankley was briefly a child actor appearing, most notably, as Rod Steiger's son in The Harder They Fall (1956). The movie was, as Blankley liked to joke, both his and his co-star Humphrey Bogart's last movie. He graduated from UCLA and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), earning a J.D. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1972.
Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Blankley served President Ronald Reagan as a policy analyst and speechwriter, and was a staff writer for Congresswoman Bobbi Fiedler. Before coming to Washington, D.C., he spent 10 years as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General's office.
Blankley's political opinions were generally considered to fall within traditional conservatism although he was labeled as a neoconservative by some critics. He denied that label by claiming that his views are more comparable to a classic conservative such as Reagan. His political career spanned several decades, and his most prominent position was a seven-year stint as House Speaker Newt Gingrich's press secretary.
He was a regular commentator for radio shows including The Diane Rehm Show, Left, Right & Center and The Steve Gill Show with a segment titled Fill In the Blanks. Earlier in his career, he was an editorial page editor for The Washington Times, a contributing editor and monthly columnist for George Magazine, and a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group.
Blankley continued to write for The Washington Times. He lectured at many universities and institutes. On November 19, 2009, he presented his lecture A Year out from the 2010 Congressional Elections – National Politics, Policy and their Communication at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics of Saint Anselm College.
- Roderick, Kevin. "Tony Blankley, KCRW commentator was 63". LA Observed. Los Angeles. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
Blankley went to Fairfax High School here and UCLA, and worked for Bobbi Fielder when she ran for Congress (and won) from the Valley.
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- "Fill In the Blanks". Gillreport.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Follmer, Max (2007-09-17). "Blankley steps down as editorial page editor". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Steamboat Institute profile of Tony Blankley". Steamboatinstitute.org. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Events List Saint Anselm College". Anselm.edu. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Notice of death of Tony Blankley". FoxNews. January 8, 2012.
- Archives: Tony Blankley
- in Conservative Chronicle
- Tony Blankley's blog at the Huffington Post
- Podcasts of Blankley's recent articles
- KCRW's Left Right & Center
- Tony Blankley at the Internet Movie Database
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "Tony Blankley profile" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-09. (subscription required)