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.




Why I Write

Published in National Review Online on June 29, 2018


The Price of Feminism

Published in National Review Online on June 26, 2018


Have We No Decency?

Published in National Review Online on June 22, 2018






Nobel Talk

Published in National Review Online on May 4, 2018



Playboy Comes to D.C.

Published in National Review Online on April 20, 2018





Much More than Economics

Published in National Review Online on March 16, 2018


Man of Steel

Published in National Review Online on March 9, 2018



I’m Glad I Got Booed at CPAC

Published in The New York Times on February 25, 2018



Don’t Name Mass Shooters

Published in National Review Online on February 16, 2018


The Anti-Porter Conspiracy

Published in National Review Online on February 9, 2018








A Special Kind of Giving

Published in National Review Online on December 22, 2017



Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

Published in National Review Online on December 8, 2017


Is Feminism the Answer to Sexual Harassment?

Published in National Review Online on December 1, 2017


The Uses of Disgrace

Published in National Review Online on November 15, 2017


The Louts and Dunces Party

Published in National Review Online on November 10, 2017



Common Sense when It Comes to Sexual Assault

Published in National Review Online


Harvey Weinstein and Feminism

Published in National Review Online on October 19, 2017


Scalia’s Legacy

Published in National Review Online on October 12, 2017



Leave Football Alone, Mr. President

Published in National Review Online on September 29, 2017


Appreciating John McCain

Published in National Review Online on September 21, 2017


Do Conservatives Take Rape Seriously?

Published in National Review Online on September 15, 2017




Google Burns a Heretic

Published in National Review Online on August 9, 2017


It’s High Time Columbia’s Mattress Girl Was Discredited

Published in National Review Online on August 4, 2017





CNN Hurt Its Credibility

Published in National Review Online on July 5, 2017




Honor Thy Father

Published in National Review Online on June 17, 2017



I Alone Can Fix

Published in National Review Online on June 9, 2017


The Kids Are Not All Right

Published in National Review Online on June 2, 2017










Democratic Vendetta

Published in National Review Online on March 30, 2017




O.J. and Us

Published in National Review Online on March 8, 2017



What’s Up with Rape in Sweden?

Published in National Review Online on February 23, 2017


Patriotism Not Nationalism

Published in National Review Online on February 17, 2017





The Anti-Business Businessman

Published in National Review Online on January 19, 2017