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Catherine Chelsea Rampell (born November 4, 1984) is an American opinion journalist and nationally syndicated opinion columnist.

Catherine Rampell
Catherine Rampell - New America panel 2016 (cropped).jpeg
Rampell in 2016
Born (1984-11-04) November 4, 1984 (age 34)
EducationPrinceton University, 2007
Spouse(s)Christopher Conlon
Parent(s)Ellen Kahn Rampell
Richard Rampell

Early life and educationEdit

Rampell grew up in a Jewish family in South Florida, the daughter of Ellen (née Kahn), an accountant, and Richard Rampell.[1][2][3] She attended Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2007.[1][4] Both her parents are Princeton alumni.[5]


Rampell is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post and a member of The Washington Post Writers Group. She also is a CNN & PBS NewsHour Political Commentator.[6] Prior to joining The Washington Post, Rampell was an economics journalist, theater critic, and blogger for The New York Times.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2014, she married Christopher Conlon.[8]


  1. ^ a b Rampell, Catherine; Haynesworth, Leah J. (April 6, 2011). "Not your mother's Princeton"". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Patterson, Duane (November 2, 2015). "Washington Post Opinion Columnist Catherine Rampell Defends The CNBC Moderators And MSM Bias - Interview by Hugh Hewitt". AM 1260. I would say I’m an agnostic. I was raised Jewish, but now am pretty secular.
  3. ^ Rampell, Catherine (March 13, 2018). "Catherine Rampell: Hey, Putin: Don't pin this on the Jews. Let's be frank: If Jews had rigged the election, it would have had a way different outcome". Salt Lake Tribune. But as a Jew, I find Putin’s attempt to implicate my people to be disgusting, offensive and obviously false.
  4. ^ "Catherine Rampell". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Rampell, Catherine (December 20, 2006). "Standing up for legacy admissions". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Sam Nunberg Show — Pitaro to lead ESPN — Ex-WSJ reporter's ordeal — New NYT politics editor". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  7. ^ Byers, Dylan (January 28, 2014). "Catherine Rampell leaves NYT for WaPo". Politico. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Allen, Mike (September 24, 2014). "Washington Post columnist and former NYT reporter Catherine Rampell married Columbia University assistant professor of Econ Christopher Conlon Sunday night at Battery Gardens in NYC". Politico.

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