Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist and political analyst. She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University, and a law degree from George Washington University, and began her career at National Review magazine, where she served as an editorial assistant. 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. Later, she worked in the White House Public Affairs office, helping to craft the president's communications strategy. In 1986, she left the White House to join the presidential campaign of then-Congressman Jack Kemp as a speechwriter.
Ms. Charen launched a syndicated column of political commentary in 1987, and it is featured in more than 150 newspapers and websites. She spent six years as a regular commentator on CNN's “Capital Gang” and “Capital Gang Sunday” and now is a frequent guest on television and radio public affairs programs.
She has served as a fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Jewish Policy Center, and is the author of two bestsellers: Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First (Regnery, 2003) and Do-Gooders: How Liberals Harm Those They Claim to Help—and the Rest of Us (Sentinel, 2005).
In 2010, she received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism.