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Kathleen Parker

Columnist for The Washington Post

  • Former co-host of CNN’s “Parker Spitzer”
  • Ranked second for her accuracy in political predictions
  • Helps educate Washington audiences about life beyond the District

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Kathleen Parker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, writing twice-weekly on politics and culture. The most widely syndicated columnist in the country, her 750-word essays appear in more than 450 newspapers across the country, which translates to about 80 million print readers and countless millions online. A renowned political analyst and commentator, in a retrospective study of political pundits’ predictions, Parker scored highest for accuracy.

Parker is a popular commentator on news shows and a regular guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, as well as MSNBC’s Hardball and Fox News’ Media Buzz. In 2010, she launched and was co-anchor of CNN’s prime time news show, Parker Spitzer. She approaches politics with the common sense – and humor – so often lacking in DC’s political and media culture. She is quick-witted, very funny, and delightfully sassy. Describing herself as “slightly to the right of center” politically, she addresses politics, culture, and contemporary issues.

Journalistic History. A columnist since 1987, Parker has worked for five newspapers, from Florida to California, and has written for several magazines, including the Weekly Standard, TIME, Newsweek, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune Small Business. Parker joined the Washington Post Writers Group in 2006, following 11 years with Tribune Media Services.

In 2010, she became co-host of CNN’s Parker Spitzer, along with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. She left the show in 2011 to focus on her writing. She is also the author of Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care.

Awards. With a selection of political opinion columns, Kathleen Parker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions.” She is also the 1993 winner of the H.L. Mencken writing award presented by the Baltimore Sun. The Week magazine named her one of the nation’s “Top Five Columnists” in 2004 and 2005.

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