Charles Krauthammer is a renowned and acclaimed American political columnist and commentator, author, and former physician whose weekly column is read worldwide.
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Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950, in New York City to a Ukrainian father Schulum and a Belgian mother Thea Krauthammer who were both orthodox Jews. Just when Charles was five, his family moved to Montreal. Charles and his older brother – Marcel, attended a Hebrew school but Marcel died in 2006.
After High School, Charles headed to McGill University Montreal, where he graduated with a First Class Honours in economics and political science in 1970. In the same year, he returned to the classroom, this time at Balliol College, Oxford, where begged a degree in Politics as a Commonwealth Scholar. After studying at Balliol College, he returned to the U.S to study as a Physician at the Havard medical school.
Tragedy struck in his first year at medical when he was involved in a diving accident which severed his spinal cord at C5 and left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. This didn’t stop his dreams of becoming a physician, after 14 months in the hospital, Krauthammer returned to medical school in a wheelchair, graduating as a psychiatrist in 1975.
From 1975 to 1978, he served as the resident psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where through research, he discovered a variant of manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder) which he identified as Secondary Mania. He published his findings in the Archives of General Psychiatry and also co-authored a path-finding study on the epidemiology of mania.
After serving at Massachusetts General Hospital, Charles moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978 where he joined a team of psychiatric researchers under Carter administration, he also began writing articles about politics in The New Republic as a contributing columnist, in 1981, he was elevated to the post of a writer and editor at the media organization.
He was appointed a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. By 1983, he began writing essays for Time magazine, including one on the Reagan Doctrine, which first brought him national acclaim as a writer. His New Republic essays earned him the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.
After working two years in the New Republic as a writer/editor, he began writing for The Washington Post, his articles earned him the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987. In 1990 he became a panelist for – a PBS political roundtable Inside Washington program hosted by Gordon Peterson, which aired from 1988 to 2013.
For over a decade Charles Krauthammer has worked with FOX News Channel (FNC), as a political Contributor, commentator and analyst. In 2016, he was named the most influential commentator in America by Financial Times for influencing the US foreign policy for more than twenty years.
His other awards include the Champion/Tuck Award for Economic Understanding, the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, an annual award given by the Eric Breindel Foundation, the People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award, and the first annual Bradley Prize.
For his essay on the New Republic titled America’s Holy Wars, Charles received the People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award in 1985, he also received the Guardian of Zion Award of the Bar-Ilan University in 2002. The most successful columnist of all time is said to be worth $8 million. He speaks French and Hebrew fluently.
Charles Krauthammer’s Wife
Krauthammer has been married to his beautiful lawyer wife, Robyn Krauthammer (nee Trethewey) since 1974. Robyn however, quit the legal profession a long time ago to focus on her work as an artist. After abandoning her legal profession, Robyn headed to the Corcoran School of Art and then to Maryland Institute College of Art to gain professionalism in arts.
She is also the co-founder of Pro Musica Hebraica – an organization aimed at exposing the variety and richness of Jewish classical music to the world.
Charles and Robyn are blessed with a son Daniel Krauthammer.
His Health And Recent Surgery
In October 2017, Krauthammer had undergone a pre-planned surgery which had been recommended by his team of doctors. But unfortunately, he had some complications after the operation.
In a statement released in February 2018, the Fox News contributor said he is still recovering from the complications that were as a result of the surgery, but that the process of recovery is actually slower than he envisaged.
It is not really certain what Charles Krauthammer’s surgery was about.