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
Donald Trump Doesn’t Have the Character to Be President
Published in National Review Online on March 21, 2016
Conservatives against Trump: Mona Charen on the GOP “Con Man”
Published in National Review on January 22, 2016
The Left’s Latest Feel-Good Gun-Control Proposals Still Wouldn’t Help
Published in National Review Online on January 8, 2016
Liberals Revel in Festival of Smugness over Scalia Comments
Published in National Review Online on December 15, 2015
Chris Christie Recycles a Tired Leftist Attack on Pro-Lifers
Published in National Review Online on November 6, 2015
CNBC Inadvertently Showcased the Republicans’ Best Qualities
Published in National Review Online on October 30, 2015
How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party
Published in National Review Online on October 16, 2015
GOP’s Inept Planned Parenthood Hearings Were a Disgrace
Published in National Review Online on September 30, 2015
Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, and the Redistribution Delusion
Published in National Review Online on September 25, 2015
At the GOP Debate, Carly Fiorina Showed What True Leadership Looks Like
Published in National Review Online on September 18, 2015
Hostility toward Hispanics Would Be Suicide for Republicans
Published in National Review Online on September 4, 2015
What The Left And Right Don’t Get About Campus Rape
Published in The Federalist on August 31, 2015
Have Republicans Grown Tired of Supporting the Rule of Law?
Published in National Review Online on August 28, 2015
Planned Parenthood Defenders Rely on Tortured Logic
Published in National Review Online on August 7, 2015
Trump’s Disturbing Rise Shows Political Intemperance Isn’t Limited to the Left
Published in National Review Online on July 24, 2015
The Trump Sideshow Plays Right into Democrats’ Hands
Published in National Review Online on July 10, 2015
Can We Still Make the Case that Mothers and Fathers Matter?
Published in National Review Online on June 30, 2015
Bumping Hamilton from the $10 Bill Is Arrogant, Ignorant, and Stupid
Published in National Review Online on June 19, 2015
How the GOP Can Outmaneuver Dems on Higher-Ed Reform
Published in National Review Online on June 5, 2015
Amorality in the Service of Politics: Obama Apologizes for Iranian Anti-Semitism
Published in National Review Online on May 29, 2015
Why Won’t the Media Hold Hillary to the Same Standard They Did Bob McDonnell?
Published in National Review Online on April 28, 2015
The Scandal-Prone Secret Service Is a Dangerous Embarrassment
Published in National Review Online on April 24, 2015
It’s Time for the GOP to Revisit the Housing Crisis
Published in National Review Online on April 10, 2015
Why Marco Rubio Would Be the Strongest Republican Candidate
Published in National Review Online on March 6, 2015