Diana West

Diana West, a columnist known for her boldness and penchant for eliciting dropped jaws from opposing pundits, debuts today as a weekly WND commentator.

West’s column will appear each Friday on WND’s commentary page.

Said WND editor and CEO Joseph Farah: “What attracted us to Diana West, of all the hundreds of columnists we could add to the WND lineup, is her absolute fearlessness. I think that’s what makes her such a special fit for our unique and diverse lineup – one I believe without question represents the broadest spectrum of political opinion found anywhere.”

While serving as an editorial writer for the Washington Times, West began writing a regular column in 1999. It went to syndication shortly following Sept. 11, 2001.

West won second place for editorial writing in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Contest in 2001. She left the Times in 2002 to write her first book, “The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization” (St. Martin’s Press).

Not one to shy away from controversial commentary, West explores such topics as Islam’s claim to be “a religion of peace,” society’s efforts to “protect” children from Mother’s Day and the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to serve as president of the United States.

West’s recent column advising the GOP not to compromise with Democrats elicited howls from readers across the nation.

Stated one shaken critic, “I am appalled by the column ‘Advice to the GOP: No compromise’ by Diana West. … She is presumably a nationally syndicated columnist. In what world does she live that ‘compromise’ is a dirty word?”

Besides editorializing, West has experience in feature writing political coverage and arts criticism.

West has contributed essays and features to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Weekly Standard. She has also been a regular contributor to CNN, written fiction for the Atlantic Monthly and has been a columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. West is currently working on her second book, and serves as vice president of the International Free Press Society. She blogs at www.dianawest.net.

Born and raised in Hollywood, West has now been a Washingtonian for many years. She lives in the nation’s capital with her husband and two daughters.

Read Diana’s first column for WND, “WikiLeaks flap about blood and eggs.”

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