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.
Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former
Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Chris MatthewsChris Matthews
17 December 1945
 

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949
Author

Jill St. JohnJill St. John
19 August 1940
Actress

Jake TapperJake Tapper
12 March 1969
Journalist
Oliver NorthOliver North
07 October 1943
Political Commentator and Television Host

Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich
10 July 1988
Commentator

Thomas FriedmanThomas Friedman
20 July 1953
Journalist & Author
Hedda HopperHedda Hopper
02 May 1885
Actress

Matt McGorryMatt McGorry
12 April 1986
Actor
Ben BradleeBen Bradlee
26 August 1921
Newspaper Editor & Journalist

Andrea TantarosAndrea Tantaros
30 December 1978
Political Analyst

Ed SullivanEd Sullivan
28 September 1901
Television Personality

Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin
20 October 1970
Blogger

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
12 September 1880
 
Kasie HuntKasie Hunt
24 May 1985
American Correspondent

Anna Roosevelt HalstedAnna Roosevelt Halsted
03 May 1906
Writer, Editor

Margaret HooverMargaret Hoover
11 December 1977
Media Personality, Author, Activist

John StaglianoJohn Stagliano
29 November 1951
Entrepreneur
Marissa Jaret WinokurMarissa Jaret Winokur
02 February 1973
Actress

Maureen DowdMaureen Dowd
14 January 1952
American Columnist
P. J. O'RourkeP. J. O'Rourke
14 November 1947
Political Satirist & Author

Norman CousinsNorman Cousins
24 June 1915
Journalist & Author

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley
15 October 1889
Humorist
Pauline PhillipsPauline Phillips
04 July 1918
Advice Columnist

Shaun SoShaun So
1980 AD
Anna Chlumsky's Husband
Becky QuickBecky Quick
18 July 1972
Journalist

Donna RiceDonna Rice
07 January 1958
Author

David BrooksDavid Brooks
11 August 1961
Journalist
Kelly KillorenKelly Killoren
01 May 1968
Author, Socialite, Model

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Franklin Pierce AdamsFranklin Pierce Adams
15 November 1881
Journalist
Carl AzuzCarl Azuz
14 August 1989
Journalist

Bill O'ReillyBill O'Reilly
10 September 1949
Talk Show Host & Radio Personality

Betsy WoodruffBetsy Woodruff
31 October 1989
Reporter

Jeff CohenJeff Cohen
25 June 1974
Attorney
Ben ShattuckBen Shattuck
1984 AD
Story Writer
Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Talk show host

Bret HartBret Hart
02 July 1957
WWE Wrestlers

Barbara CorcoranBarbara Corcoran
10 March 1949
Business Women

Curt SmithCurt Smith
20 March 1951
Writer
Andrew BreitbartAndrew Breitbart
01 February 1969
Publisher

Amy FisherAmy Fisher
21 August 1974
Actress

Joe ScarboroughJoe Scarborough
09 April 1963
Politician

Ezra KleinEzra Klein
09 May 1984
Journalist

Juan WilliamsJuan Williams
10 April 1954
Journalist
Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant
11 August 1946
Columnist

Skip BaylessSkip Bayless
04 December 1951
Sports columnist
Andrew Ross SorkinAndrew Ross Sorkin
19 February 1977
Journalist

Mitchel David AlbomMitch Albom
23 May 1958
Writer

Dan SavageDan Savage
07 October 1964
Author
Arlene DahlArlene Dahl
11 August 1925
Actress

Michael J. KnowlesMichael J. Knowles
18 March 1990
Political commentator
Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer
13 March 1950
Columnist

Kelly MadisonKelly Madison
26 August 1967
Actress

Dave MeltzerDave Meltzer
24 October 1959
Journalist

Michael WilbonMichael Wilbon
19 November 1958
Sports Commentator

Bret StephensBret Stephens
21 November 1973
Journalist
Ryan HolidayRyan Holiday
16 June 1987
Writer

Jeannette WallsJeannette Walls
21 April 1960
Writer

Candy SpellingCandy Spelling
20 September 1945
Author

Sarah VowellSarah Vowell
27 December 1969
Historian
Nicholas KristofNicholas Kristof
27 April 1959
Journalist

Amy GoodmanAmy Goodman
13 April 1957
Broadcaster
Angela RyeAngela Rye
26 October 1979
Political commentator

Kirsten PowersKirsten Powers
14 December 1967
Newspaper Columnists

Mark HalperinMark Halperin
11 January 1965
Journalists
Denise AustinDenise Austin
13 February 1957
Writer

Rona BarrettRona Barrett
08 October 1936
Journalist
Kurt LoderKurt Loder
05 May 1945
Film critic

Mark ShieldsMark Shields
25 May 1937
Political analyst

Erma Louise BombeckErma Bombeck
21 February 1927
Humorist
Jonah GoldbergJonah Goldberg
21 March 1969
Journalists

John AvlonJohn Avlon
19 July 1973
Journalist
Richard RoeperRichard Roeper
17 October 1959
Journalist

Sally QuinnSally Quinn
01 July 1941
Writer

Jeff GlorJeff Glor
12 July 1975
Journalist

Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
04 January 1981
Activist
Robert NovakRobert Novak
26 February 1931
Columnist
Irving KristolIrving Kristol
22 January 1920
Journalist

Mike BarnicleMike Barnicle
15 October 1943
Journalist

William SafireWilliam Safire
17 December 1929
American journalist

Caleb CarrCaleb Carr
02 August 1955
Historian
Jimmy BreslinJimmy Breslin
17 October 1928
Journalist

Ring LardnerRing Lardner
06 March 1885
Columnist

Art BuchwaldArt Buchwald
20 October 1925
Humorist

John Peter ZengerJohn Peter Zenger
26 October 1697
Journalist

Herb CaenHerb Caen
03 April 1916
Journalist
Anna Marie QuindlenAnna Quindlen
08 July 1953
Novelist

Shirley PovichShirley Povich
15 July 1905
Coulumnist
Louis RukeyserLouis Rukeyser
30 January 1933
Journalist

John PodhoretzJohn Podhoretz
18 April 1961
Writer
Mike RoykoMike Royko
19 September 1932
Columnist
Elsa MaxwellElsa Maxwell
24 May 1883
Writer