Declarations on Washington
With experience as a member of Ronald Reagan's White House staff and years of providing spot-on, thoughtful commentary as a renowned journalist, Peggy Noonan provides unique and shrewd analysis into our nation and its leaders. Her speeches are filled with humorous anecdotes and political insight, making them as entertaining as they are thought-provoking.
What Leadership Looks Like: What Presidents Can Learn From Their Predecessors
Witty and perceptive, Peggy Noonan offers a look back at former presidential leadership styles from the perspective of a writer who has helped shape both the political ideas and the language of past presidents. Drawing from her experiences as a former special assistant to and primary speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and former chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush, Noonan draws connections between presidents from Reagan to Obama. Reflecting on the human side of these men and noting what she thought each could have, but failed to, learn from his predecessor on what it takes to lead the United States, Noonan shares how leaders reveal themselves to us, and how personality and character truly do count in the Oval Office.
Peggy Noonan garners tweets of praise at every event
A leading conservative voice whose appeal reaches beyond partisan bounds, PEGGY NOONAN brings to life U.S. politics and history with fresh insights and thoughtful analysis. An iconic journalist whose exceptional commentary has been a guiding voice during America's most divisive and challenging times, Noonan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her prescient columns during the 2016 presidential election. Her Wall Street Journal column Declarations--praised in Forbes as "the best op-ed column in America"-- has run since 2000, and reaches millions of readers each week. At each of her engagements, Noonan is heralded for her balanced, substantive, and shrewd analysis on today's political environment, and candid anecdotes from her impressive career. She draws tweets of praise from audience-members such as: “Great meeting of the #abicon19 conf committee this morning. Incredible excitement over keynote speaker @Peggynoonannyc" (Iowa Association of Business and Industry); “Such a great keynote from @Peggynoonannyc...” (Detroit Chamber of Commerce); “Grateful for Facebook live to catch the @Peggynoonannyc keynote at #mpc18 I could listen to her all day.” (Mackinac Policy Conference);"Yesterday’s @ahahospitals annual meeting featured speaker Peggy #Noonan gives me hope that we can still trust parts of the media." (American Hospital Association)
Peggy Noonan sought-out to address thousands at back-to-back events
Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and MSNBC political analyst PEGGY NOONAN is in-demand for bringing American politics and current events to life with fresh insights and thoughtful analysis. Sought-out to address an audience of 700 senior executives at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, 1,600 executives at the American Hospital Association's Annual Membership Meeting, and 1,600 C-suite executives and government leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, Noonan will shed light on what to expect from Washington and the implications for businesses and citizens alike. A bestselling author and former White House speechwriter, Noonan’s Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, garners millions of readers each week and has been described as “the best op-ed column in America.... perceptive, persuasive, principled and patriotic." Noonan brings the same thoughtful and revealing analysis to her engagements. Recently sought-out to deliver a keynote and engage in a Q&A at the Urban Land Institute’s trustees meeting, Noonan shared her reflections on one year of the Trump administration, and an industry write-up of the event highlights her candid commentary, breadth of expertise, and sense of humor.
Peggy Noonan visits the Harry Walker Agency
Renowned journalist and author PEGGY NOONAN visited the Harry Walker Agency offices recently, delighting our staff with her remarkable stories and commentary on her time working in the White House, the current political climate, and more. Stopping by just after she appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe—Noonan is a political analyst for both NBC News and MSNBC—Noonan shared her thoughts on the President’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, which had just taken place. Famed for her work as a speech writer for President Ronald Reagan, and the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Distinguished Commentary for her Wall Street Journal Column Declarations, Noonan drew from her wealth of experience in answering staff members’ questions about how she finds the right words at the right time, the need for bipartisanship, and her thoughts on the role of the media today. After a riveting (and at times hilarious) round table discussion with the full staff, Noonan also sat down for a special session of HWA Chats to discuss what it takes to report during tense political times, presidential speechwriting, today’s media climate, and more.
Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where her weekly column, Declarations, has run since 2000. She is also the bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, including the bestsellers What I Saw at the Revolution, and When Character Was King. She is one of ten historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book, Character Above All. In her most recent release, The Time of Our Lives, Peggy chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.
On April 10, 2017, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for Political Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election.
In 2008 the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes Magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.
Noonan was a special assistant and speechwriter for president Ronald Reagan. In 2010 she was given the Award for Media Excellence by the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor; the following year she was chosen as Columnist of the Year by The Week. In November 2016 she was named one of the city’s Literary Lions by the New York Public Library. She has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and has taught in the history department at Yale University.
Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York, and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up there, in Massapequa Park, Long Island, and in Rutherford, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. She lives in New York City.