Famous American Newspaper Columnists

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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 
Ben Shapiro
(Political Commentator)
Ben Shapiro
21
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.

 2 
Charles Krauthammer
(Political Columnist Who Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his columns in 'The Washington Post')
Charles Krauthammer
6
Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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.

 3 
Oliver North
(Political Commentator and Television Host)
Oliver North
4
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
 4 
Ed Sullivan
(Legendary Host of the TV Variety Show 'The Ed Sullivan Show')
Ed Sullivan
4
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.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
4
Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008
 6 
Bat Masterson
(U.S. Army Scout, Lawman and Columnist for ‘The Morning Telegraph’)
Bat Masterson
4
Birthdate: November 26, 1853
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henryville, Canada
Died: October 25, 1921

Bat Masterson was a lawman and professional gambler known for his exploits in the late 19th and early 20th-century American Old West. He was known for his hunting skills and earned fame as a gunfighter. Later in his life, he became a reporter and columnist for The Morning Telegraph and gained popularity as a leading sports writer.

 7 
Hedda Hopper
(Gossip columnist)
Hedda Hopper
6
Birthdate: May 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 1, 1966
 8 
Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)
Christopher Hitchens
16
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.

 9 
Kasie Hunt
(American Correspondent)
Kasie Hunt
4
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.

 10 
Alicia Garza
(Activist)
Alicia Garza
4
Birthdate: January 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 11 
David Brooks
(Journalist)
David Brooks
5
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.

 12 
Margaret Hoover
(Political commentator)
Margaret Hoover
3
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.

 13 
H. L. Mencken
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential American Literary Critic in the 1920s)
H. L. Mencken
8
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.

 14 
Angela Rye
(Political commentator)
Angela Rye
3
Birthdate: October 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
 15 
Ben Bradlee
(Newspaper Editor & Journalist)
Ben Bradlee
6
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.

 16 
Victor Davis Hanson
(One of America’s Best Known and Most Prolific Historians)
Victor Davis Hanson
3
Birthdate: September 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fowler, California, United States

Historian and academic Victor Davis Hanson is best known for his opinions on warfare and politics in publications such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He teaches at the California State University and Stanford's Hoover Institution. His academic interests include military history and classics.

 17 
Arlene Dahl
(Actress)
Arlene Dahl
3
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
 18 
Marilyn vos Savant
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
 19 
Mitch Albom
(Writer)
Mitch Albom
3
Birthdate: May 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
 20 
Ezra Klein
(Journalist)
Ezra Klein
5
Birthdate: May 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Irvine, California, U.S.
 21 
Andrew Ross Sorkin
(Journalist)
Andrew Ross Sorkin
5
Birthdate: February 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 22 
Corey Graves
(Columnist)
Corey Graves
4
Birthdate: February 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 23 
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
(Writer, Editor)
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
3
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.

 24 
Perez Hilton
(American Blogger, Media Personality and Celebrity Gossip Columnist)
Perez Hilton
8
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.
 25 
Dave Meltzer
(American Journalist Who Reports on Professional Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts)
Dave Meltzer
3
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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.

 26 
Juan Williams
(Journalist)
Juan Williams
6
Birthdate: April 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colon, Panama
 27 
Maureen Dowd
(American Columnist)
Maureen Dowd
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
 28 
Bob Beckel
(Political analyst)
Bob Beckel
5
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 29 
P. J. O'Rourke
(Political Satirist & Author)
P. J. O'Rourke
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, U.S
Died: February 15, 2022
Chris Matthews
10
Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 31 
Alex Wagner
(Television host and author)
Alex Wagner
0
Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 32 
Margaret Ellen Noonan
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 33 
Jeannette Walls
3
Birthdate: April 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
 34 
Kurt Loder
(Film critic)
Kurt Loder
3
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.
 35 
John Avlon
(Senior Political Analyst and Anchor at CNN)
John Avlon
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States

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.

 36 
Michael Wilbon
(Sports Commentator)
Michael Wilbon
3
Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 37 
Amy Goodman
(Broadcaster)
Amy Goodman
5
Birthdate: April 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York, USA
 38 
Kirsten Powers
(Newspaper Columnists)
Kirsten Powers
3
Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
 39 
Thomas Friedman
(Journalist & Author)
Thomas Friedman
5
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.

 40 
Betsy Woodruff
(Reporter)
Betsy Woodruff
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Purcellville, Virginia, United States
 41 
Erma Bombeck
(Humorist)
Erma Bombeck
3
Birthdate: February 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bellbrook, Ohio, United States
Died: April 22, 1996
 42 
Nicholas Kristof
(Journalist)
Nicholas Kristof
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
 43 
Suleika Jaouad
(Writer, advocate, and motivational speaker)
Suleika Jaouad
0
Birthdate: July 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 44 
Kelly Killoren
(Author, Socialite, Model)
Kelly Killoren
3
Birthdate: May 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois
 45 
Jimmy Breslin
(Journalist)
Jimmy Breslin
3
Birthdate: October 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 2017
 46 
Mark Shields
(Political analyst)
Mark Shields
5
Birthdate: May 25, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
 47 
Denise Austin
3
Birthdate: February 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Pedro, California, USA
 48 
Jeff Glor
(Journalist)
Jeff Glor
3
Birthdate: July 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tonawanda, New York, USA
 49 
Jonah Goldberg
(Journalists)
Jonah Goldberg
3
Birthdate: March 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
 50 
Ryan Holiday
(Writer)
Ryan Holiday
3
Birthdate: June 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, U.S.