Tony Blankley, a
newspaper columnist and television commentator since he left his job as press secretary to Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, is the editor of the editorial page of The Washington Times.
He has a substantial history in politics and journalism. A former deputy attorney general of
Mr. Blankley came to
in 1980 to join the staff of President Ronald Reagan, serving as speechwriter, senior policy analyst and deputy director of planning and evaluation for six of the eight years of the Reagan administration. From 1990 to 1997, he was press secretary and general adviser to Newt Gingrich.
Mr. Blankley is known inside the Beltway and beyond for his commentary, bolstered with fierce academic arguments. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA, a law degree from
and a certificate in international law from the
Deft at quick takes, predictions and big-picture overviews, Mr. Blankley has always maintained an even-tempered perspective. His sound bites, he once said in an interview, "are my poor man's poetry." In the past five years, Mr. Blankley has been both analyst and newsmaker in newspapers and in broadcast media. He is a weekly commentator on "The McLaughlin Group" and a regular contributor to news analysis on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS and ABC.
Mr. Blankley has been a weekly columnist for The Washington Times for seven years, was an editor at large and columnist for George magazine and a syndicated columnist for the Creators Syndicate.
and a naturalized American citizen, Mr. Blankley and his family moved to
after World War II. Young Tony found work as a child actor in television and films, first encountering Mr. Reagan when both appeared at a 1950s-era USO performance. In years that followed, he volunteered to work on all of Mr. Reagan's campaigns for governor and president.
Mr. Blankley and his wife, Lynda Davis, are parents of three children and live in
, where they share an 11-acre farm with a congenial menagerie of horses, sheep, rabbits, peacocks, dogs, cats and llamas.