Peggy Noonan, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has just won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Much of her winning work focuses on Donald Trump’s rise and the unfolding political realignment within the Republican Party and America. Her honest and brusque criticism of media’s coverage surrounding Trump’s success drew much attention from critics as well as appreciative readers.
During her time as a speechwriter for the Reagan White House, Noonan was instrumental in crafting a well-known speech that President Ronald Reagan delivered in the immediate aftermath of the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. In the speech, Noonan included a passage from “High Flight,” a poem by an American killed in a mid-air collision in 1941 — a decision that vaulted the speech into prominence.
Noonan, who was a guest on The Federalist Radio Hour in 2015, spoke about her experiences as a writer during the past 30 years and the lessons she’s learned over that time. You can listen to the full interview here.