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.



Trump Is Now Defending War Crimes

Published in The Bulwark on May 15, 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



Liars and Cheats

Published in National Review Online on March 15, 2019


A Contagion of Folly

Published in The Bulwark on March 11, 2019



Trump’s Fatal Attraction

Published in National Review Online on March 1, 2019



You Can’t Say That on Twitter

Published in National Review Online on February 15, 2019


An Opening for a Party of Reality

Published in Syndicated Column on January 25, 2019


Gillette Is Not Wrong

Published in National Review Online on January 17, 2019


Don’t Ask Government For Love

Published in National Review Online on January 11, 2019



On Being Too Nice in Politics

Published in National Review Online on January 4, 2019


Trump’s Fake News

Published in National Review Online on December 28, 2018


Kicking Our Allies

Published in National Review Online on December 21, 2018


The Collusion Scenario

Published in National Review Online on December 15, 2018



Why Are Americans So Sad?

Published in National Review Online on November 30, 2018



Giving Thanks in Tumultuous Times

Published in National Review Online on November 22, 2018


Making Acosta a Federal Case

Published in National Review Online on November 16, 2018


Who Votes Republican?

Published in National Review Online on November 9, 2018


Thinking about Anti-Semitism

Published in National Review Online on November 2, 2018


How to Handle the Caravans

Published in National Review Online on October 26, 2018





The Show Trial of Brett Kavanaugh

Published in National Review Online on September 28, 2018


Kavanaugh in the #MeToo Era

Published in National Review Online on September 17, 2018


What the Times Misses about Poverty

Published in National Review Online on September 14, 2018



The GOP Is Monkeyed Up

Published in Syndicated Column on August 31, 2018


Imperial Me

Published in National Review Online on August 24, 2018



Summertime Is Puppy Time

Published in National Review Online on August 10, 2018


The Corruption of Congress

Published in National Review Online on August 3, 2018






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