Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

One of the most influential political observers in the country, Charles Krauthammer challenges

conventional wisdom with practically every word he writes. No matter what the issue, from the economy, bioethics, the Middle East or today’s political headlines, Krauthammer’s insightful commentary cuts through the clutter created by plebeian thinking with an entirely fresh viewpoint.  American Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician,  Krauthammer’s weekly column appears in The Washington Post  and is syndicated to more than 275 newspapers and media outlets. He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is also a weekly panelist on the PBS news program Inside Washington and a nightly panelist on Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier.

An unapologetic conservative, Krauthammer does more than comment on the issues and policies of the day; he helps shape public–and private–discourse about them. Intellectually fearless, when Krauthammer enters the discussion it takes on a new shape, and he shares with audiences the influential impact his views have on national and world events. Krauthammer earned an MD from Harvard Medical School, and practiced medicine before becoming a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale, and later joined The New Republic as a writer and editor. He writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post and contributes to several other publications, including The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.


Politics in Washington
With 25 years covering and writing about the political scene in Washington, Charles Krauthammer offers unique insight and analysis into the goings-on inside the Beltway and on the issues and topics foremost in the minds of most Americans. Audiences will experience what viewers of “Inside Washington” and FOX News have long enjoyed: Krauthammer’s sharp mind turned loose on the political issues of the day.

International Affairs: An Overview
With 25 years experience commenting on foreign policy, Charles Krauthammer offers a unique and highly influential perspective. He goes against the grain, not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom (for a decade he was almost alone in calling the Oslo peace agreements a fraud that would inevitably lead to war, and was proved right). Whether writing about 9/11, the Middle East, the democratic revolutions sweeping the world today, or the indispensable role of American power, Dr. Krauthammer’s views have been attracting the attention of presidents and senior policy makers for years. Krauthammer shares the insights borne of his experience as a trusted voice on international affairs.

The Future of Healthcare, Medicine and Bioethics
As a medical doctor and board-certified psychiatrist (though a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he speaks and writes unofficially and entirely independently), Dr. Krauthammer is uniquely situated to tackle the perils and promise of the new biotechnology, discuss end-of-life questions and challenge conventional wisdom on America’s health-care. From policy to research, audiences are treated to a lively discussion of someone who understands the medical and ethical ramifications of the latest news from the world of medicine.

Full Biography

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold, lucid and original writing—from the famously liberal People for the American Way (which presented him their First Amendment Award) to the staunchly conservative Bradley Foundation (which awarded him their first $250,000 Bradley Prize).

Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 240 newspapers worldwide.

Krauthammer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX’s evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

For three decades, his influential writings have helped frame the very shape of American foreign policy. He coined and developed The Reagan Doctrine (TIME, April 1985), defined the structure of the post-Cold War world in The Unipolar Moment (Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/1991) and outlined the principles of post-9/11 American foreign policy in his much-debated Irving Kristol Lecture, Democratic Realism (AEI Press, March 2004).

The Daily Telegraph calls him “unquestionably the pre-eminent conservative columnist in a country where columnists still carry enormous heft.” National Review featured him on its cover as “Obama’s critic-in-chief.” Der Spiegel calls him “the leading voice of America’s conservative intellectuals.” New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today “he’s the most important conservative columnist.” Politico calls him “leader of the opposition … a coherent, sophisticated and implacable critic of the new president.”

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 as a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he published scientific papers, including the discovery of a form of bipolar disease, that continue to be cited in the psychiatric literature.

In 1978, he quit medical practice, came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration, and began contributing articles to The New Republic. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic as a writer and editor in 1981. His New Republic writings 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 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.