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Kathleen Parker

Columnist for The Washington Post; Former Co-Host of CNN's Show "In the Arena"

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Kathleen Parker Biography

Kathleen Parker’s clear, descriptive, lively writing underscores her common-sense approach to life's challenges. Twice weekly, she assesses the country’s mental health and political climate in her Washington Post column.

Parker describes herself politically as "mostly right of center" and was the highest-scoring conservative pundit in a 2012 retrospective study of pundit prediction accuracy in 2008.

Now one of America's most popular opinion columnists, appearing in more than 350 newspapers, Parker is at home both inside and outside the Washington Beltway. But she 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 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 she won in 1993, 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 her attempts to "inject a little sanity" established her as a premier commentator. Her 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 her as one of the country's top five columnists in 2004 and 2005.

Parker started her column in 1987 when she was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel. Her column was nationally syndicated in 1995 and she joined The Washington Post Writers Group in 2006. Along the way, she 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.

She is a regular guest on NBC's "Meet the Press" and MSNBC's "Hardball." Her book "Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care" was published in 2008 by Random House.

As an undergraduate, Parker studied in both the United States and abroad, including the University of Valencia in Spain. She 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.

Parker is married and has three sons. She divides her time between Camden and Washington, D.C.

Speaking Topics
  • “The Spy for Bubba.”

    Kathleen Parker takes advantage of her South Carolina roots and political expertise to act as a “double agent” between Washington outsiders and those inside the Beltway. We always hear pundits ask, “What were they thinking?” and Parker can translate the nuance of the “other” side’s decisions.

  • Civility in Politics

    The degree of civility in politics has decreased dramatically in the last few years. Gone are the days of the Trent Lotts and John Breauxs who are polarized ideologically but manage to remain close friends. Kathleen Parker explains where the breakdown occurred, how our society got to this point, and what can be done to improve the situation – the overall “niceness” in politics.

  • Politics, Culture, and Contemporary Issues

    Kathleen Parker has more than two decades of experience as a columnist and television personality. She has cultivated that immense experience into invaluable expertise in politics, culture, contemporary issues, and how the three intertwine. Discussing the politics du jour, Parker gives her audiences unique insights on the issues that get under their skin.

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Save the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care

Save the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care

FAQs
  • How do I book Kathleen Parker to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kathleen Parker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kathleen Parker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kathleen Parker or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kathleen Parker

    Speaking fees for Kathleen Parker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kathleen Parker are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kathleen Parker, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kathleen Parker speak about?

    Kathleen Parker is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Journalism, Political Commentators, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Kathleen Parker travel from?

    Kathleen Parker generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kathleen Parker’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kathleen Parker for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathleen Parker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kathleen Parker or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Columnist for The Washington Post; Former Co-Host of CNN's Show "In the Arena"

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Kathleen Parker Biography

Kathleen Parker’s clear, descriptive, lively writing underscores her common-sense approach to life's challenges. Twice weekly, she assesses the country’s mental health and political climate in her Washington Post column.

Parker describes herself politically as "mostly right of center" and was the highest-scoring conservative pundit in a 2012 retrospective study of pundit prediction accuracy in 2008.

Now one of America's most popular opinion columnists, appearing in more than 350 newspapers, Parker is at home both inside and outside the Washington Beltway. But she 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 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 she won in 1993, 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 her attempts to "inject a little sanity" established her as a premier commentator. Her 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 her as one of the country's top five columnists in 2004 and 2005.

Parker started her column in 1987 when she was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel. Her column was nationally syndicated in 1995 and she joined The Washington Post Writers Group in 2006. Along the way, she 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.

She is a regular guest on NBC's "Meet the Press" and MSNBC's "Hardball." Her book "Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care" was published in 2008 by Random House.

As an undergraduate, Parker studied in both the United States and abroad, including the University of Valencia in Spain. She 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.

Parker is married and has three sons. She divides her time between Camden and Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Parker Speaking Topics

  • “The Spy for Bubba.”

    Kathleen Parker takes advantage of her South Carolina roots and political expertise to act as a “double agent” between Washington outsiders and those inside the Beltway. We always hear pundits ask, “What were they thinking?” and Parker can translate the nuance of the “other” side’s decisions.

  • Civility in Politics

    The degree of civility in politics has decreased dramatically in the last few years. Gone are the days of the Trent Lotts and John Breauxs who are polarized ideologically but manage to remain close friends. Kathleen Parker explains where the breakdown occurred, how our society got to this point, and what can be done to improve the situation – the overall “niceness” in politics.

  • Politics, Culture, and Contemporary Issues

    Kathleen Parker has more than two decades of experience as a columnist and television personality. She has cultivated that immense experience into invaluable expertise in politics, culture, contemporary issues, and how the three intertwine. Discussing the politics du jour, Parker gives her audiences unique insights on the issues that get under their skin.

Kathleen Parker Videos

  • The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker shares her own story of ...
    The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker discusses her personal experience with sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Kathleen Parker on free speech
  • A Conversation with Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker Books

FAQs on booking Kathleen Parker

  • How do I book Kathleen Parker to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kathleen Parker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kathleen Parker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kathleen Parker or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kathleen Parker

    Speaking fees for Kathleen Parker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kathleen Parker are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kathleen Parker, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kathleen Parker speak about?

    Kathleen Parker is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Journalism, Political Commentators, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Kathleen Parker travel from?

    Kathleen Parker generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kathleen Parker’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kathleen Parker for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathleen Parker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kathleen Parker or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Kathleen Parker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as “The Spy for Bubba.”, Civility in Politics and Politics, Culture, and Contemporary Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kathleen Parker for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Kathleen Parker generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Roberto Suro, Sara Carter, Michelle Malkin, Daniel Pipes and Laura Ingraham. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kathleen Parker for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kathleen Parker Speaking Topics

  • “The Spy for Bubba.”

    Kathleen Parker takes advantage of her South Carolina roots and political expertise to act as a “double agent” between Washington outsiders and those inside the Beltway. We always hear pundits ask, “What were they thinking?” and Parker can translate the nuance of the “other” side’s decisions.

  • Civility in Politics

    The degree of civility in politics has decreased dramatically in the last few years. Gone are the days of the Trent Lotts and John Breauxs who are polarized ideologically but manage to remain close friends. Kathleen Parker explains where the breakdown occurred, how our society got to this point, and what can be done to improve the situation – the overall “niceness” in politics.

  • Politics, Culture, and Contemporary Issues

    Kathleen Parker has more than two decades of experience as a columnist and television personality. She has cultivated that immense experience into invaluable expertise in politics, culture, contemporary issues, and how the three intertwine. Discussing the politics du jour, Parker gives her audiences unique insights on the issues that get under their skin.

Kathleen Parker Speaker Videos

  • The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker shares her own story of ...
    The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker discusses her personal experience with sexual harassment in the workplace.
    Kathleen Parker on free speech
  • A Conversation with Kathleen Parker

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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