Newspaper Columnists

Newspaper columnists write the columns that appear in newspapers. A column is a recurring piece of writing that contains a commentary, opinion or point of view of the author. Columns add character to a particular publication like newspapers or magazine, and there are readers who prefer a certain newspaper mainly because of the columns that appear there. There are specific columnists who write on certain topics like travel, health and wellness, spirituality, relationships, food and drinks, etc. Columns may appear daily or on a weekly basis, and a columnist may write exclusively for one newspaper at a time, or have his columns published in several newspapers simultaneously. Unlike news stories and reports that are meant to be objective and unbiased, columns carry the personal opinions of the writers which impart to them a unique characteristic. Columnists have to be aware of the current trends in their respective fields, and should constantly be on the lookout for topics of interest to the readers. They have to research and gather information on relevant issues and give their own commentary or interpretation. Browse through these biographies and timelines to know about the life and works of various famous newspaper columnists from all over the world.
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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.

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 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.

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 5 Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Swiss Cottage, London, England
Died: March 28, 2004

Peter Ustinov was a British actor, writer, and filmmaker. An intellectual, Ustinov held several academic posts and served as the president of the World Federalist Movement. Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter Ustinov won many prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and BAFTA Awards.

 6 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.

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 7 Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Nadiya Hussain is a British TV chef, television presenter, and author. She is best known for winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. Over the years Nadiya Hussain has become a household name in the UK by hosting shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites. In 2017, she was mentioned in Debrett's' 500 most influential people in the UK list.

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 8 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
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 9 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.

 10 Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan
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Famous As: Television Personality
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.

 11 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

 12 Andrea Tantaros

Andrea Tantaros
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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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 13 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.

 14 Alicia Garza

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

Karren Brady
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: April 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England

One of the UK’s best-known businesswomen, Baroness Karren Brady had begun her career in advertising sales. She has been a judge on BBC1’s The Apprentice and an MD at Birmingham City FC. She is a Barclays LifeSkills ambassador, too, and has been part of the House of Lords.

 16 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.

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 17 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.

 18 Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 2, 2018

 19 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.  

 20 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. 

 21 Conor Woodman

Conor Woodman
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway

Irish author, director, and broadcaster Conor Woodman is best known for hosting the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Starting his career as a financial analyst, he eventually became an investigative journalist. With time, he branched out into film-making as well. Also a fiction writer, he is planning to launch a novel series soon.

 22 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.

 23 Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Tarek Fatah is a Canadian liberal journalist, author, commentator, and Islamic reformer. Fatah, who was born in Pakistan, is renowned for his criticism of Islamism and Pakistan. Thanks to his views, Fatah remains a controversial figure in several Islamic countries. He is also known for his activism and has been active in advocacy groups that support causes like LGBT rights.

 24 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.

 25 Angela Rye

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

 26 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.

 27 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

 28 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.

 29 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.

 30 Ezra Klein

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

 31 Arlene Dahl

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

 32 Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK

Maureen Lipman is an English actress, comedian, political activist, and writer. Over the years, Lipman has been a prominent theatre actress; she has performed in some of England's most iconic venues like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. In the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours, Lipman was made a dame for services to entertainment, charity, and the arts.

 33 Corey Graves

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

 34 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

 35 Mitch Albom

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

 36 Giles Coren

Giles Coren
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Famous As: Food Writer
Birthdate: July 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, Eng;and

Chiefly known as a food writer, Giles Coren has been serving as a columnist for London based daily newspaper, The Times, since the age of 24. Named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards, he has also authored several books and appeared on several popular television productions. Currently, he also hosts a weekly radio program.

 37 Chris Matthews

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

 38 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.

 39 Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK

English singer Shaun Ryder, best known for his association with Happy Mondays and Black Grape, once confessed to learning the alphabet at age 26. While he suffered from ADHD and alopecia, he was also a heroin addict for over two decades and eventually overcame his addiction through cycling.

 40 Juan Williams

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

 41 Maureen Dowd

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

 42 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

 43 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

 44 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.

 45 Jeannette Walls

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

 46 Robin Leach

Robin Leach
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Famous As: Reporter
Birthdate: August 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: August 24, 2018

Veteran British entertainment journalist Robin Leach is best remembered as the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, a show he was associated with for over a decade. At 18, he was the youngest editor of the Daily Mail. He also worked as an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

 47 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.

 48 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

 49 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.

 50 Amy Goodman

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