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Peggy Noonan, born Margaret, is an extremely decorated writer, her recognitions include the Award for Media Excellence and the Pulitzer Prize. Noonan was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Long Island and New Jersey. She is one of seven children. Her family overcame many financial struggles when she was growing up; Noonan credited reading and literature to be one of her few luxuries. She remained truthful to her east coast roots when deciding where to continue her education and proceeded to major in English literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. In Noonan’s first year of college tensions were high, and many of her classmates were protesting the Vietnam war. Noonan, mirroring the ideals of her first political interest, John F. Kennedy, believed that war was a necessity to ward off communism and keep America free.By the time she was twenty eight she was teaching journalism at New York University. At thirty-one she was hired by CBS radio to write daily commentary for Dan Rather, a job she held for three years before being introduced to the head of the White House speechwriting department. Noonan found great success while writing speeches and remarks for the adored President Reagan and the first lady. Noonan wrote an exquisite speech to be given by Reagan on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, a speech that’s beauty was instantly recognized by the public. Reagan swiftly met with Noonan upon his return to the states and thanked her. In his second term he recognized her obvious talent and ability by promoting her to special assistant to the President. She perfectly crafted the moving declaration that was recited by Reagan when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, a speech that has been voted to be one of the ten best American political speeches in the twentieth century. Noonan later stuck with her party and worked on former vice president George H.W. Bush’s campaign. Her phrases like “a kinder, gentler nation” solidifyied her power in American history. She wrote President Reagan’s final speech as president, and pursued a career in writing for herself, Noonan only returned to speech writing to assist President H.W. Bush’s reelection efforts. Noonan began a new and exciting life as a memoir and biography writer, a mother,, and a columnist. Noonan has written a myriad of books about politics, the art of speech, her faith, and more. She recently won the Pulitzer Prize for her outstanding coverage and analysis of an often draining 2016 election. Noonan’s voice has been a reassuring constant in a divisive time in American history. Her influential writing continues to inspire in her weekly column, “Declarations”.

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