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Charles Krauthammer

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist / Political Commentator
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Biography

Named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post, which appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Krauthammer is a FOX News commentator, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, is a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. As of August, it had sold more than one million copies. Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). While serving a chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he co-discovered a form of bipolar disease which continues to be cited in the psychiatric literature.

In 1978, he quit medical practice and came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale and in 1981 he joined The New Republic as a writer and editor. Three years later, his New Republic essays won the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism, the highest award in magazine journalism.

From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is currently president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of the Chess Journalists of America.

In his speeches, Charles Krauthammer breathes new life into tired debates, offering clear and compelling arguments that everyone else overlooks and challenging conventional wisdom. An incisive thinker, he is a strong voice offering new perspectives on international affairs, U.S. politics, foreign policy and culture. He is widely known as a conservative, but he is also unorthodox to the core.

Topics

Politics in Washington

International Affairs

Health Care, Medicine and Bioethics

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