Mona Charen

Mona Charen

Senior Fellow

@monacharenEPPC

EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist and political analyst living in the Washington, D.C. area.

Ms. Charen received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University, with honors. She also holds a degree in law from George Washington University.

Ms. Charen began her career at National Review magazine where she served as editorial assistant. On her first tax return at the age of 22, Ms. Charen listed her occupation as “pundit,” explaining later, “You have to think big.”

In 1984, Ms. Charen joined the White House staff, serving first as Nancy Reagan’s speechwriter and later as Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison. In the latter post, she lectured widely on the Administration’s Central America policy. Later in her White House career, she worked in the Public Affairs office helping to craft the President’s communications strategy.

In 1986, Ms. Charen left the White House to join the presidential campaign of then-Congressman Jack Kemp as a speechwriter.

Ms. Charen launched her syndicated column in 1987. It has become one of the most widely read columns in the industry and is featured in more than 150 newspapers and websites. She spent 6 years as a regular commentator on CNN’s Capital Gang and Capital Gang Sunday, and has served as a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes. She has also been a fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Jewish Policy Center.

Ms. Charen is the author of two bestsellers: Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First (2003); and Do-Gooders: How Liberals Harm Those They Claim to Help – and the Rest of Us (2005).

In 2010, she received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism.

Ms. Charen is a frequent guest on television and radio public affairs programs and is married with three sons.


The GOP Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

Published in The Bulwark on July 29, 2020


Trump Is Right

Published in The Bulwark on July 22, 2020





Trump the Barbarian

Published in The Bulwark on June 25, 2020


George Floyd Changed My Mind

Published in The Bulwark on June 18, 2020


LOL Some Things Matter

Published in The Bulwark on June 11, 2020


A Tale of Two Church Visits

Published in The Bulwark on June 3, 2020


Bird-Watching While Black

Published in The Bulwark on May 27, 2020


Is Holocaust Denial Conservative Now?

Published in The Bulwark on May 21, 2020


All He Does Is Fight

Published in The Bulwark on May 14, 2020



Testing: The Way Out of This Trap

Published in Syndicated Column on April 29, 2020



Vote by Mail, Just This Once

Published in National Review Online on April 16, 2020




China’s Lies, and Ours

Published in National Review Online on March 27, 2020


Preserve Our Election

Published in National Review Online on March 20, 2020



Biden’s Second Chance

Published in National Review Online on March 4, 2020




Don’t Nuke the Nuclear Family

Published in The Bulwark on February 18, 2020


Bully Wannabes

Published in Creators Syndicate on February 14, 2020



Stepping Around Human Misery

Published in National Review Online on January 31, 2020


A Time to Build

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2020





Lovable Ol’ Bernie

Published in National Review Online on December 23, 2019







What Is the American Idea?

Published in National Review Online on November 15, 2019




No Quid Pro Quo?

Published in National Review Online on October 25, 2019


Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest

Published in National Review Online on October 18, 2019




Does Trump Understand Corruption?

Published in National Review Online on September 27, 2019


Since When Does Trump Care About Corruption?

Published in The Bulwark on September 24, 2019



Why Reparations Talk Is Harmful

Published in National Review Online on September 20, 2019




In Defense of Washington, D.C.

Published in National Review Online on August 12, 2019








Please Raise My Taxes?

Published in National Review Online on June 27, 2019




Lessons of Chernobyl

Published in National Review Online on June 7, 2019





Trump Is Now Defending War Crimes

Published in The Bulwark on May 15, 2019



Mona Charen Testimony at U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Meaning of MeToo

Published in U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on May 9, 2019





Twitter Ain’t America

Published in National Review Online on April 12, 2019



Mueller Did the Right Thing

Published in National Review Online on March 29, 2019