Monday, February 11, 2013

Kondracke on Kemp

Journalist, political commentator, and Kemp biographer Morton Kondracke will speak on “Jack Kemp and the Future of the Republican Party” as Occidental College’s first Kemp Scholar.


Morton Kondracke Kemp Scholar

Appointed as the first Jack Kemp Chair in Political Economy at the Library of Congress in 2011, Kondracke is writing a biography of Jack Kemp ’57, the former AFL quarterback-turned-statesman who became one of the leading architects of the modern Republican party. 

Kondracke spent almost half of his professional career as executive editor of Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic, Washington bureau chief of Newsweek, White House correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times and a Wall Street Journal columnist. He was an original panelist on "The McLaughlin Group" and served as a Fox News commentator for 16 years.

“Mort is the ideal candidate to serve as Occidental’s first Kemp Scholar,” said Occidental President Jonathan Veitch. “As Jack’s official biographer and as one of the country’s leading conservative commentators, he will set a high standard for future scholars as we work to bring a full range of political opinion to campus.”