Kathleen Parker’s clear, descriptive, lively writing underscores her common-sense approach to life's challenges. Twice weekly, Kathleen Parker assesses the country’s mental health with a Rorschach uniquely her own – a reporter’s gimlet eye combined with a sense of humor that Parker attributes to having grown up with five mothers. "My ambitious goal," Kathleen Parker says, "is to try to inject a little sanity into a world gone barking mad."
Now one of America's most popular opinion columnists, appearing in more than 350 newspapers, Kathleen Parker is at home both inside and outside the Washington Beltway. But Kathleen Parker came to column-writing the old-fashioned way, working her way up journalism’s ladder from smaller papers to larger ones. "I never set out to become a commentator – and do continue to resist the label 'pundit' – but I found that keeping my opinion out of my writing was impossible," says Kathleen Parker. "One can only stand watching from the sidelines for so long without finally having to say, 'Um, excuse me, but you people are nuts.'"
Praised for "attacking ignorance and stupidity with vividness and originality" by the judges of the prestigious H.L. Mencken Writing Award, which Kathleen Parker won in 1993, Kathleen Parker gained a rapt and appreciative audience throughout the 1990s. But it was in the days and months following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that Kathleen Parker's attempts to "inject a little sanity" established Kathleen Parker as a premier commentator. Kathleen Parker's writings in support of American troops, first-responders and other front-line participants in the war on terror were among the reasons The Week magazine named Kathleen Parker as one of the country's top five columnists in 2004 and 2005.
Kathleen Parker started her column in 1987 when Kathleen Parker was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel.Kathleen Parker's column was nationally syndicated in 1995 and Kathleen Parker joined The Washington Post Writers Group in 2006. Along the way, Kathleen Parker has contributed articles to The Weekly Standard, Time, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan and Fortune Small Business, and she serves on USA Today's Board of Contributors and writes for that newspaper's op-ed page. Kathleen Parker is a regular guest on "The Chris Matthews Show" on NBC. Kathleen Parker's book "Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care" was published in 2008 by Random House.
As an undergraduate, Kathleen Parker studied in both the United States and abroad, including the University of Valencia in Spain. Kathleen Parker holds a master's degree in Spanish from Florida State University, and is writer in residence at the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, S.C.
Kathleen Parker is married and has three sons. She divides her time between Camden and Washington, D.C.
With the nomination of one Sarah Palin, presidential politics is no longer a battle of economic policies and national security; it's a Saturday night brawl between the Rednecks and the Elites.
When Sarah Palin took the stage Wednesday night, the reaction of conventioneers went beyond mere appreciation. It was gratitude.
If conventions are supposed to be about message discipline and stagecraft, Republicans have been improv street theater to the Democrats' Broadway.
The night was praised as a merging of the seas, as Bill and Hillary Clinton led their party in a healing ritual of unity by anointing The One.
When Democrats decided they wouldn't let the GOP be "God's Only Party," they weren't kidding. Thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, none other than St. Augustine has been summoned to Denver.
Abortion is back with, dare we say it, biblical vengeance. In the past few weeks, Obama has been accused of everything from favoring infanticide to lying about his vote.
At the risk of heresy, let it be said that setting up the two presidential candidates for religious interrogation by an evangelical minister -- no matter how beloved -- is supremely wrong.
Even as China's opening ceremonies for the Olympics inspired awe, there was something repellent in the exactitude of such mass perfection.
Beijing is weird. First of all, you can't breathe the air. Second, how 'bout those drummers? Sure, they're perfect, but that's the point.
A year ago, it was impossible to get through a day without some mention of Paris Hilton -- the ingenue famous mostly for being famous.
It's always good to take a break from the madding crowd, but especially now that American politics has surpassed itself in self-mockery.
The tabloid story that everybody's talking about -- but almost no one is writing about -- has created an interesting debate on the Internet about the dueling roles of old/new media and what constitutes legitimate news.
In McCain's universe, the planets rotate around the sun in a predictable pattern. In Obama's universe, he is the sun.
Barack Obama concedes that America's troops have contributed to improvements on the ground in Iraq, but he still stands by his vote against the surge.
Drum roll. Suspense. Who will it be? In this corner, we have Stormin' Mormon Mitt Romney. In the other, we have Brain-Buster Bobby Jindal.
Barack Obama's levity-free reaction to the now-famous New Yorker cartoon leaves one reluctantly wondering: Is he humor-challenged? Perchance, does he take himself too seriously for a nation of wits and wags?
So wrote an outraged Muslim to political cartoonist Doug Marlette a few years ago after he drew a cartoon featuring the prophet Muhammad.
Anyone familiar with Hispanic art and literature knows that poetry isn't only a genre. Poetry is in the DNA of this romantic, passionate people. Obama knows this language without speaking Spanish.
If you read Monday morning's sports headlines, you learned that Rafael Nadal "dethroned" and "shocked" tennis champion Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
What's on the president's mind these days? We do still have a president, though it's sometimes hard to remember in our impatience to replace him.