Kathleen Parker

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Kathleen Parker (born 1951)[1][2] is an American syndicated columnist. Her columns are syndicated nationally by The Washington Post, and appear in more than 400 media outlets, both online and in print.[3] Parker is a consulting faculty member at the Buckley School of Public Speaking, and is a regular guest on television shows like The Chris Matthews Show.[citation needed] Parker describes herself politically as "mostly right of center"[4] and was the highest scoring conservative pundit in a 2012 retrospective study of pundit prediction accuracy conducted using 472 predictions made by 26 pundits during 2008.[5]


Parker grew up in Winter Haven, Florida, graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1969, and attended Converse College before transferring to Florida State University where she majored in Spanish Literature. She also holds a Master's degree in the subject from Florida State.

She is married to an attorney, has three sons, and currently resides in Camden, South Carolina.[6]


Parker is the author of Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care (New York: Random House, 2008). A columnist since 1987, she has worked for five newspapers, from Florida to California, and is the 1993 winner of the H.L. Mencken writing award presented by the Baltimore Sun. She has written for several magazines, including The Weekly Standard, Time, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune Small Business.

She also serves on the Board of Contributors for USA Today's Forum Page, part of the newspaper's Opinion section. She is also a contributor to the online magazine, The Daily Beast. The Week magazine named her one of the nation's Top Five columnists in 2004 and 2005.

In April, Kathleen Parker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary with a selection of political opinion columns.[7]

Starting in the fall of 2010, Parker co-hosted the cable news program Parker Spitzer on CNN with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.[8] On February 25, 2011 CNN announced that Kathleen Parker was leaving the show to focus more on her writing.


Parker made news during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when she called on the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, to step down from the party ticket, saying that a series of media interviews showed that Palin was "clearly out of her league."[9][10][11] Parker received over 11,000 responses, mostly from conservatives criticizing her.[12]


  1. ^ Parker, Kathleen (3 April 1989). Time is ripe for new type of heroes, Deseret News (citing birth year as 1951)
  2. ^ Parker, Kathleen (19 August 1997)Ignoring the bad for good, Denver Post ("As a bona fide baby boomer (born 1951)...")
  3. ^ "Kathleen Parker". Newsmax. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Larry King Live". 2010-09-30. CNN. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1009/30/lkl.01.html.
  5. ^ Media Relations. "Pundit - Executive Summary - Hamilton College". Hamilton.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  6. ^ Ellen Belcher (May 15, 2005). "Beyond the Byline: Kathleen Parker". Dayton Daily News (Ohio). 
  7. ^ "Washington Post Leads in Pulitzers". The Wall Street Journal. 2010-04-13. 
  8. ^ "Spitzer, Parker to host primetime CNN show". CNN. 
  9. ^ Mooney, Alexander (2008-09-26). "Palin should step down, conservative commentator says". CNNPolitics.com. Retrieved 2008-09-26. "Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party." 
  10. ^ Weisman, Jonathan (2008-09-26). "Conservative Columnist Turns on Palin". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-26. "Parker, after a scalding critique of Palin's readiness for high office, begs the Alaska governor to step down from the Republican ticket." 
  11. ^ Parker, Kathleen (2008-09-26). "Palin Problem: She's Out of Her League". National Review. Retrieved 2008-09-26. "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League." 
  12. ^ Reliable Sources, CNN, October 5, 2008. Transcript on Lexis/Nexis. Retrieved August 2009.

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