Peggy Noonan

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  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for The Wall Street Journal
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  • Political Analyst, NBC News & MSNBC
  • Former Special Assistant & Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan

Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal and bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture. Her Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, has run each week since 2000, garnering millions of readers. In 2017 when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, the prize committee cited her, "For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns." Forbes Magazine has also hailed her column as “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.”

A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Noonan also served as a Special Assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. In the Reagan White House, she worked alongside the President on speeches that span the 40th anniversary of D-Day, the Challenger disaster, and his Farewell Addresss.

Peggy Noonan provides unique and thoughtful analysis of our nation and its leaders. Her speeches are filled with humorous anecdotes and political insight, making them as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. 

 
  

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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, ma ...

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 fo ...

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.

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<p>Peggy Noonan wins the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary</p>

Peggy Noonan wins the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary

Acclaimed journalist Peggy Noonan won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her writing in 2016, during one of the most tumultuous elections in American history. Heralded “for her prescient pieces on Donald Trump and the political uprising his candidacy represented," the prize committee hailed Noonan, “For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns. “ Noonan's Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, has run since 2000 and garners millions of readers each week. Noonan showcases the sharp and thought-provoking commentary she's known for as a writer as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

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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.

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<p>Peggy Noonan's weekly <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Column, Declarations</p>

Peggy Noonan's weekly Wall Street Journal Column, Declarations

Peggy Noonan is an opinion columnist at the Wall Street Journal where her column, Declarations, has run since 2000, garnering millions of readers each week. Declarations has been praised in Forbes as "the best op-ed column in America," . 

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<p>Peggy Noonan found the right words at the right time for President Reagan and the nation  </p>

Peggy Noonan found the right words at the right time for President Reagan and the nation  

As President Ronald Reagan's special assistant and speechwriter, Peggy Noonan worked with with the President on some of his most memorable speeches, including his speech on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, his Farewell Address, and his speech given the day of the Challenger disaster, which has been hailed as one of the 100 best speeches in American political history. Noonan's experience crafting impactful, clear and memorable speeches became the basis for one of her book's: On Speaking Well: How to Give a Speech with Style, Substance and Clarity.

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Biography

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 AllIn her most recent release, The Time of Our Lives, Peggy chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena. Released in November 2015, Peggy has placed all of her best work into one place and with her signature wit, takes a sharp look at the American life.

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.