Charles Krauthammer was a well-known and celebrated American political columnist and commentator, author, and former doctor whose weekly column is read worldwide.
The above introduction seems like a smooth journey to success, doesn’t it? Wait until you read the inspiring story about this die-hard man who never gave up on his life and dreams, despite several challenges that would have prevented him from achieving his goals. Happy reading…
Krauthammer was born on 13 March 1950 in New York City to a Ukrainian father Schulum and a Belgian mother Thea Krauthammer, both Orthodox Jews. Just when Charles was five years old, his family moved to Montreal. Charles and his older brother – Marcel – attended a Hebrew school, but Marcel died in 2006.
After high school, Charles went to McGill University Montreal, where he graduated in 1970 with a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Political Science. In the same year, he returned to teaching, this time at Balliol College in Oxford, where he sought a degree in politics as a Commonwealth Scholar. After graduating from Balliol College, he returned to the United States to study as a doctor at the Havard School of Medicine.
During his first year at medical school, a tragedy occurred when he was involved in a diving accident in which his spinal cord was severed at C5 and he was permanently paralyzed from the neck down. This did not stop his dream of becoming a doctor, because, after 14 months in hospital, Krauthammer returned to medical school in a wheelchair and graduated as a psychiatrist in 1975.
From 1975 to 1978, he worked as a resident psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where through research he discovered a variant of manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder), which he called secondary mania. He published his findings in the Archives of General Psychiatry and was also co-author of a landmark study on the epidemiology of mania.
After working at Massachusetts General Hospital, Charles moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978, where he joined a team of psychiatric researchers under Carter’s administration. As a contributing columnist, he also began writing articles on politics in the New Republic. In 1981 he was promoted to writer and editor at the media organization.
He was appointed speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. In 1983, he began writing essays for Time Magazine, including one on the Reagan Doctrine, which earned him national recognition as a writer for the first time. His essays on the New Republic earned him the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.
After working as a writer/editor in the New Republic for two years, he began writing for the Washington Post. His articles earned him the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987. In 1990, he became a panel member of a political roundtable discussion on PBS Inside Washington moderated by Gordon Peterson, which was broadcast from 1988 to 2013.
For over a decade, Charles Krauthammer has worked for FOX News Channel (FNC) as a political speaker, commentator, and analyst. In 2016, the Financial Times named him the most influential commentator in America for having influenced U.S. 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 from the Eric Breindel Foundation, the People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award and the first annual Bradley Award.
For his essay on the New Republic entitled “America’s Holy Wars”, Charles received the People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award in 1985 and the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University in 2002. The most successful columnist of all time is said to be worth 8 million dollars. He speaks fluent French and Hebrew.
Charles Krauthammer’s Wife
Krauthammer has been married to his beautiful lawyer wife Robyn Krauthammer (née Trethewey) since 1974. However, Robyn gave up the legal profession a long time ago to concentrate on her work as an artist. After she gave up the legal profession, Robyn Krauthammer went to the Corcoran School of Art and then to the Maryland Institute College of Art to professionalize in art.
She is also co-founder of Pro Musica Hebraica – an organization whose goal is to bring the diversity and richness of Jewish classical music to the world.
Charles and Robyn are blessed with the son Daniel Krauthammer.
His Health And Recent Surgery
In October 2017, Krauthammer underwent a pre-planned operation recommended by his medical team. Unfortunately, he had some complications after the operation.
In a statement released in February 2018, the Fox News staff member said that he was still recovering from the complications that were the result of the surgery, but that the recovery process was actually slower than he had imagined.
It’s not really certain what Charles Krauthammer’s surgery was about.
Charles Krauthammer, a best-selling author who became known as the dean of conservative commentators, died on Thursday. He was 68 years old.