Mona Charen

Mona Charen

Senior Fellow

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.

“There’s so much commentary, and so little of it is must-read. Mona Charen produces that rare must-read commentary.”  — Kate O’Beirne, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala

“Mona is a profound political philosopher all dressed up as a mild-mannered syndicated columnist. But what firepower there is between those ears! And once again, you just thank God she’s on our side.” — Robert P. George, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala

PUBLICATIONS


Why I Am Not a Cruzite

Published in National Review Online on July 21, 2016

Orgy of Guilt

Published in National Review Online on July 8, 2016

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Men at Work . . . or Not

Published in National Review Online on June 24, 2016

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Obama: Whose Side Is He On?

Published in National Review Online on June 14, 2016

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A Gorilla ‘Tragedy’

Published in National Review Online on June 1, 2016

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What Government Can’t Do

Published in National Review Online on May 12, 2016

The Worst of Both Sexes

Published in National Review Online on May 4, 2016

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Reaganism is Dead

Published in National Review Online on April 29, 2016

Hands off the Ladies’ Rooms

Published in National Review Online on April 22, 2016

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Run against Obama

Published in National Review Online on April 8, 2016

Why Trump Loves Lewandowski

Published in National Review Online on March 30, 2016

Cruz Must Be the Anti-Trump

Published in National Review Online on March 25, 2016

Please Lie to Us

Published in National Review Online on March 18, 2016

For the Establishment

Published in National Review Online on March 11, 2016

Contra ‘Too Late’

Published in National Review Online on March 4, 2016

Republican Self-Sabotage

Published in National Review Online on February 19, 2016

Scalia’s Greatness

Published in National Review Online on February 15, 2016

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Day of the Demagogues

Published in National Review Online on February 10, 2016

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An Open Letter to Jeb Bush

Published in National Review Online on February 5, 2016

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Republican Hemlock Society

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2016

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Is Trump Working for Hillary?

Published in National Review Online on December 8, 2015

‘Nothing to Do with Islam’

Published in National Review Online on December 4, 2015

ISIS Is Barack Obama’s Creation

Published in National Review Online on November 20, 2015

Special Snowflakes? Or Fascists?

Published in National Review Online on November 13, 2015

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Unlock ‘Em Up?

Published in National Review Online on October 9, 2015

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When Dad is the Devil

Published in National Review Online on October 2, 2015

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Obama: Witting or Witless?

Published in National Review Online on July 17, 2015

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A Third-Class Temperament

Published in National Review Online on May 15, 2015

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On the Couch

Published in National Review - April 20, 2015 issue on April 29, 2015

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‘Death to America’

Published in National Review Online on March 27, 2015

Don’t Trust Obama on Iran

Published in National Review Online on March 13, 2015

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