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The Ramesh Ponnuru File

April 2011
The Ramesh Ponnuru File


Ponnuru, a Catholic convert whose father is Hindu and mother Lutheran, grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, and graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School at the age of 15 (he skipped eighth grade). He went to Princeton University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history, graduating summa cum laude.

He began writing for National Review a dozen years ago and is now senior editor of the conservative opinion magazine. Since mid-2007, he has written the “Right Matters” column on He has been widely published, including in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic, and made many TV appearances, including on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. His book, The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, was published in 2006 by Regnery Publishing.

Ponnuru lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife April Foster Ponnuru, executive director of National Review Institute, and two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.


15 Age he graduated from high school
16 Words in his book title
36 His age (he was born Aug. 16, 1974, in Prairie Village, Kansas)
3,400 Facebook friends
400 Posts at


“When I first became interested in politics, in high school, I tended toward liberalism. But I was cured of that well before I became an adult.” (

“Liberal reporters just don’t see it (media bias) in the same way that fish don’t know they’re wet.” (

“Sometimes I like to think that I’m changing people’s minds, as when I enter various intra-conservative debates. At other times I assume readers already believe the same general things I do, but provide some information they had not had or an argument they had not thought of.” ( Columbia Journalism Review)

Ponnuru appears on C-Span’s Washington Journal
Ponnuru talks to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

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