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.



On Being Thankful for Pets

Published in National Review Online on November 23, 2016


Fear and Loathing in America

Published in National Review Online on November 18, 2016


The Challenge for Republicans

Published in National Review Online on November 9, 2016







The New Unworking Class

Published in National Review Online on October 7, 2016



What Are the Checks and Balances?

Published in National Review Online on September 23, 2016



What’s a Women’s Issue?

Published in The Weekly Standard on September 12, 2016



Ross Perot’s Lessons for Today

Published in National Review Online on September 2, 2016








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



Men at Work . . . or Not

Published in National Review Online on June 24, 2016


Obama: Whose Side Is He On?

Published in National Review Online on June 14, 2016



A Gorilla ‘Tragedy’

Published in National Review Online on June 1, 2016





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


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



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


Day of the Demagogues

Published in National Review Online on February 10, 2016


An Open Letter to Jeb Bush

Published in National Review Online on February 5, 2016



Republican Hemlock Society

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2016







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






Unlock ‘Em Up?

Published in National Review Online on October 9, 2015


When Dad is the Devil

Published in National Review Online on October 2, 2015