Michelle Malkin: A Force in American Politics

“Silence is complicity. Speak now or surrender your ground.”

Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, columnist, political commentator, and author, whose compelling and penetrative journalism have made a mark on America’s political landscape, as well as the world of digital media. Malkin’s syndicated column and blog adopt an engaging style that is both academic and personal, which she uses to weigh in on social and political issues. Malkin is an innovative thinker and self-starter, who founded the websites Hot Air and Twitchy, and continues to write, speak, and offer insight into news and controversies that loom large in today’s society.

Education

Despite Malkin’s success in politics and journalism, she had little interest in either field growing up, and after high school decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in music at Oberlin College. She has said that her parents were “not incredibly politically active” and that when she started college, she had aspirations of becoming a concert pianist. While at Oberlin, she worked as a press inserter, tax preparation aide, and network news librarian. Malkin soon changed her major to English and started to write for the student newspaper. Toward the end of her college career, she began writing for an independent campus newspaper that had been started by a student named Jesse Malkin, whom she would later marry. Her first article for the paper was one that denounced Oberlin’s affirmative action program. Malkin’s writing on controversial, politically-charged issues, afforded her a high level of visibility and readership. By the time she graduated from Oberlin in 1992, she was already committed to launching a successful career in journalism.

Journalism Career

Michelle MalkinImmediately following her graduation, Malkin moved to Washington, DC for a stint interning at NBC. When that ended later in 1992, she moved to Los Angeles and landed a job with the Los Angeles Daily News as a reporter and editorial writer. She worked there until 1995, when she returned to DC to work as a journalism fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market, anti-government regulation, libertarian think tank. Malkin was quickly gaining more of a foothold, and in 1996 she got a job at the Seattle Times. Over the next few years, she developed the kind of sharp, persuasive writing style that she is known for, and became a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate in 1999. That same year, she left the Seattle Times, finding greater freedom and direction in writing her own column. Malkin also began writing books, and it wasn’t long before she found herself on top of the New York Times best-seller list.

Books

In 2002, Malkin released her first book entitled Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces. The book reached number 14 on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list and landed her an exclusive contract with Fox as a guest commentator. From 2002 to 2007, Malkin frequently appeared on The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes. Following this, she decided to focus her attention on her writing, blogging, and public speaking, but still occasionally appeared on television, particularly on Hannity and Fox & Friends. Since her first book, Malkin has gone on to publish five more, including Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, an indictment of the Obama administration. Malkin said she hoped it would “shatter completely the myths of hope and change in the new politics in Washington.”

Digital Presence

Michelle MalkinMalkin launched her blog, michellemalkin.com, in 2004, and immediately directed her attention to the presidential election, covering the campaigns of John Kerry and George W. Bush. A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committe described Malkin as one of the five “best-read national conservative bloggers.” In 2006, the blog Hot Air went into operation, with Malkin as its founder and CEO. The blog provides content and analysis on a daily basis, as well as original feature videos. Malkin launched Twitchy in 2012, a website that aggregates tweets and creates stories that are organized into short posts. Malkin continues to blog, write columns, and appear on television. She also holds speaking engagements, sharing her insight and expertise with others and shedding light on the state of the American political system.

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