Women Journalists: Peggy Noonan

January 31, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Peggy Noonan has become one of the most influential women in politics and journalism.
Her television credentials extend beyond commentary, evidenced by two Emmy nominations: one for her work on the 9/11 benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes and as a consultant for the political drama The West Wing.


Peggy Noonan began her career as a CBS Radio commentary writer before moving to the White House to serve under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. She is a contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal and makes frequent appearances on TV news shows to discuss current events.

Noonan wrote Ronald Reagan’s famous speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of D-Day at the Ranger Monument in France. Reagan’s talent as an actor, combined with Noonan’s talent as a writer, created on of the most memorable moments of Reagan’s presidency. In this column, Noonan discussed the importance of the speech and compared it to President George W. Bush’s similar address.

Read My Lips; No New Taxes

Noonan was the chief speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, masterminding his campaign and coining its quintessential phrases.

Noonan is a contributing editor at the Journal and has held a weekly column, appearing in the paper’s weekend edition. Her writing reflects traditional conservative values, such as small government and low taxes, as well as her Roman Catholic beliefs. A recent column, linked above, pays tribute to the HBO drama The Sopranos and its importance to American mythology and post 9/11 values.

On her own Web site, Noonan includes an archive of all her writing, which has appeared in such diverse publications as Good Housekeeping, Crisis, Forbes, and the New York Times. She also provides links to her seven books.

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