- Fall 2009
Peggy Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of seven books on American politics, history and culture. Her essays have appeared in Forbes, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other publications. She is a frequent guest on political talk shows. She has also been nominated for Emmy Awards for the writing of a post-9/11 television special and for her work on the television drama The West Wing. Noonan is a member of the board of the Manhattan Institute.
Her most recent book, “John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father,” was published by Viking in November, 2005. Her collection of post-9/11 columns, “A Heart, a Cross and a Flag: America Today,” was published by Free Press in June, 2003. “When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan,” published by Viking in November, 2001, was a New York Times bestseller.
Noonan is also the author of the best selling “The Case Against Hillary Clinton” (HarperCollins, March, 2000). Her first book, “What I Saw at the Revolution” was called “A love letter to the American political process,” by Time Magazine. Her second book, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” was called “the voice of our times” by USA Today. Noonan’s third book, “Simply Speaking,” was published in paperback as “On Speaking Well,” in 1999; Forbes magazine said of it, “Peggy Noonan packs a wallop of practical wisdom and insightful tips for rookie and veteran speechmakers alike…this wee volume, written by one of this century’s premier presidential speechwriters, will guide you correctly.”
In 1996, Noonan was one of ten historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book, “Character Above All.” In 1995 she wrote and hosted a PBS series on the debate over American values. Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986. In 1988 she was chief speechwriter for George Bush when he ran for the presidency.
She holds honorary doctorates from Adelphi University, St. John Fisher College, Miami University, and her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer at CBS News in New York, where she wrote and produced Dan Rather’s daily radio commentary. She also wrote television news specials for CBS News. As editorial and public affairs director at WEEI-AM, the CBS owned station in Boston, she won the Tom Phillips Award for broadcast commentary. In 1978 and 1979 she was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.
She lives in New York City.
Peggy Noonan’s Study Group:
CREATIVITY IN JOURNALISM, IN POLITICS AND IN LIFE
Location: Faculty Dining Room (FDR)