Famous American Newspaper Columnists

You can probably get through life without ever learning how to knot a tie or solve a Rubik cube or storm up a decent meal. You can make a decent living without ever understanding the specifics of finance or developing most of the skills you lack. But how would you get through your day without getting your daily dose of opinion, entertainment and information from those addictive newspaper columns. That is the extent of influence that newspaper columnists hold on their audience. From painting conservative opinions to tickling our funny bones with their wit, columnists know how to strike a chord with their audience and make their say. America has produced some famous columnists who have redefined the world of journalism. So what are you waiting for? Check out this section to acquaint yourselves with the inspiring biography, fun trivia and exciting facts on some of America’s most famous newspaper columnists.

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 1 Bret Hart

Bret Hart
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Famous As: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: July 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bret Hart is a Canadian-American former professional wrestler. Regarded as one of the all-time greats, Bret Hart was one of the most popular and important WWF wrestlers during the promotion's New Generation Era. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is amongst the seven people who have entered the WWE Hall of Fame twice

 2 Oliver North

Oliver North
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Famous As: Political Commentator and Television Host
Birthdate: October 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio
Former U.S. marine lieutenant Oliver North was convicted in the Iran-Contra case, which involved selling weapons to Iran illegally. After the charges were dropped, he hosted a radio talk show and War Stories with Oliver North. He has also been the president of the National Rifle Association

 3 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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Famous As: Political Commentator
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 4 Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 21, 2018

Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning column in The Washington Post, Fox News commentator and political expert Charles Krauthammer was also a qualified psychiatrist. He was rendered paralyzed from the waist down at 22, after an accident while studying medicine at Harvard, but completed his degree nevertheless.

 5 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, businesswoman, and syndicated columnist. She is credited with co-founding the popular news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post. She is also the founder of Thrive Global, for which she also serves as the CEO. She has been featured on lists, such as Time magazine's 100 most influential people and Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women.

 6 William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008

 7 Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

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 8 Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan
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Famous As: Legendary Host of the TV Variety Show 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.

 9 Hedda Hopper

Hedda Hopper
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Famous As: Gossip columnist
Birthdate: May 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 1, 1966

 10 Kasie Hunt

Kasie Hunt
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Famous As: American Correspondent
Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kasie Hunt is an American political correspondent. Over the years, Kasie Hunt has been an important member of NBC News and MSNBC. Apart from being the Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News, Hunt also hosts MSNBC's morning news show Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt, which airs on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

 11 Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 12 David Brooks

David Brooks
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

David Brooks is a Canadian-born American conservative political commentator. Having worked with popular publications like The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and Newsweek, Brooks is currently contributing as a writer for The New York Times. Also an educator, David Brooks has taught at prestigious institutions like the Sanford School of Public Policy and Yale University.

 13 Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee
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Famous As: Newspaper Editor & Journalist
Birthdate: August 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 21, 2014

Ben Bradlee was one of the most important journalists in the United States of America in the post-World War II era. From 1965 to 1991, Bradlee was associated with The Washington Post, serving as managing editor and then as executive editor. In 1988, Ben Bradlee was honored by the American Academy of Achievement with the prestigious Golden Plate Award.

 14 Dan Savage

Dan Savage
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dan Savage is an American author, journalist, media pundit, and LGBT community activist. He is credited with founding the It Gets Better Project which aims at preventing suicide amongst LGBT youth. In 2013, he was honored by the American Humanist Association with the prestigious Humanist of the Year award.  

 15 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 16 Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: March 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Blogger and celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton is best known for his controversial blog Perezhilton.com, previously PageSixSixSix.com, and its sensational celebrity photos. Openly gay, he has also written for LGBT organizations. He has written several books, hosts a podcast, has two YouTube channels, and has performed in musicals, too.

 17 Margaret Hoover

Margaret Hoover
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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: December 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colorado, United States

Margaret Hoover, the great-granddaughter of former American president Herbert Hoover, is best known as the host of the PBS show Firing Line. The conservative political commentator has also written a book. She supports LGBT rights and is on the boards of several institutions, such as the Hoover Institution.

 18 Angela Rye

Angela Rye
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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: October 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

 19 Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA

Bestselling author and essayist Sarah Vowell is known for her expertise in American history and her books such as Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes. She is also a regular on the radio program This American Life and has voiced Violet in the animated film The Incredibles.

 20 Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter
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Famous As: Media pundit
Birthdate: December 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Ann Coulter is a political commentator and has written countless bestselling books, including High Crimes and Misdemeanors, which enumerated the reasons why Bill Clinton should have been impeached. She assisted Paula Jones’s attorneys for free. Her columns are featured on various conservative websites. She opposes same-sex marriage and hate-crime laws.

 21 Marilyn vos Savant

Marilyn vos Savant
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: August 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 22 H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 29, 1956

H. L. Mencken was an American journalist, cultural critic, essayist, satirist, and scholar of American English. His reporting on the Scopes Trial earned him national recognition. The trial came to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial as Mencken had nicknamed it Monkey Trial in accordance with his satirical reporting of the trial.

 23 Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Irvine, California, U.S.

 24 Arlene Dahl

Arlene Dahl
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

 25 Corey Graves

Corey Graves
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: February 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 26 Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 27 Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States

 28 Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews
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Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 29 Anna Roosevelt Halsted

Anna Roosevelt Halsted
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Famous As: Writer, Editor
Birthdate: May 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 1, 1975

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was an American writer and newspaper editor. The daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anna played an important role during World War II, serving as her father's key advisor. After her marriage, Anna moved into the White House and served as First Lady of the USA as per her parents' request.

 30 Juan Williams

Juan Williams
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colon, Panama

 31 Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
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Famous As: American Columnist
Birthdate: January 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 32 Bob Beckel

Bob Beckel
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Famous As: Political analyst
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 33 P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke
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Famous As: Political Satirist & Author
Birthdate: November 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, U.S
Died: February 15, 2022

 34 Dave Meltzer

Dave Meltzer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Sports journalist Dave Meltzer is best known for his coverage of wrestling and MMA events. He has also lectured on sports at the Stanford University and has been associated with The Wrestling Observer for a long time. He has authored the feature The Life & Times of Abdullah the Butcher.

 35 Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

 36 Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.

 37 Margaret Ellen Noonan

Margaret Ellen Noonan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 38 John Avlon

John Avlon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States of America

John Avlon is an American political commentator and journalist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential personalities in news media, John Avlon served as the managing director and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast for five years. John Avlon’s reputation earned him the responsibility of being the chief speechwriter for American politician and erstwhile New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

 39 Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: April 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York, USA

 40 Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: January 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Mark Halperin is an American journalist who has worked for major broadcast networks like ABC News and MSNBC. His career was affected when he was accused of workplace sexual harassment during his tenure at ABC News. He was subsequently fired by NBC News and Showtime Networks and is currently appearing on Newsmax TV as a contributor.

 41 Kirsten Powers

Kirsten Powers
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Famous As: Newspaper Columnists
Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

 42 Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman
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Famous As: Journalist & Author
Birthdate: July 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN

Thomas Friedman is an American author and political commentator. He also contributes immensely to the New York Times as a weekly columnist. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman was honored by the American Academy of Achievement with the prestigious Golden Plate Award in 2003.

 43 Michael Wilbon

Michael Wilbon
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Famous As: Sports Commentator
Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 44 Alex Wagner

Alex Wagner
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Famous As: Television host and author
Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 45 Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: November 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: America

Mark Hyman is an American physician and writer. He is credited with founding The UltraWellness Center where he also serves as the medical director. Hyman has contributed as a columnist for The Huffington Post and has co-authored a New York Times best-selling book titled The Daniel Plan. Since 2004, he has been serving as Bill and Hillary Clinton's medical adviser.

 46 Jeff Glor

Jeff Glor
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tonawanda, New York, USA

 47 Betsy Woodruff

Betsy Woodruff
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Famous As: Reporter
Birthdate: October 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Purcellville, Virginia, United States

 48 Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Daniel Mallory Ortberg
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: November 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: U S

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is an American author, podcast host, and editor. He is credited with co-founding a website called The Toast for which he also serves as writer and co-editor. In 2015, he was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work in the media.

 49 Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: March 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

 50 Kelly Killoren

Kelly Killoren
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Famous As: Author, Socialite, Model
Birthdate: May 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois