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John Podhoretz

John PodhoretzAKA John Mordecai Podhoretz

Born: 18-Apr-1961
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist, Author
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Conservative columnist

A five-time Jeopardy! champion, Podhoretz wrote a television column for the Washington Times newspaper. According to a friend, "There's no Seinfeld or Mary Tyler Moore reference he wouldn't get." Known around the office as insufferable, Podhoretz was introduced to visitors as "John P. Normanson."

Former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, he later served as special assistant to Drug Czar William Bennett.

Podhoretz found his wife Ayala through an internet dating service.

Father: Norman Podhoretz (conservative writer)
Mother: Midge Decter (conservative writer)
Sister: Rachel Abrams (stepsister from mother's first marriage; married to Elliott Abrams)
Sister: Naomi Decter (stepsister, conservative writer)
Wife: Elisabeth Hickey (conservative writer, former press secretary for Sen. Jon Kyl, m. 1996)
Wife: Ayala Cohen (SNL associate producer, m. 13-Oct-2002)

    High School: Columbia Prep
    University: University of Chicago

    The Weekly Standard Cofounder (1995-97)
    US News and World Report Contributing Editor (1987-88)
    The New York Post Editorial page editor, columnist (1994-95)
    The Washington Times Assistant Editor (1989-91)
    US Office of National Drug Control Policy
    White House Speechwriter
    Hoover Institution Media Fellow (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
    Hudson Institute Senior Fellow (1991-94)
    Jewish Policy Center Board of Fellows
    Jewish Ancestry

    Jeopardy! Contestant, five-time winner

Author of books:
Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies, 1989-1993 (1993, politics)
Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane (2004, politics)
Can She Be Stopped? Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless... (2006, politics)

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