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Jessica Lynn Gavora (born 1963) is an American conservative writer on politics and culture, a speechwriter, and a former policy advisor at the United States Department of Justice.[2]

Jessica Gavora
Jessica Lynn Gavora

1963 (age 55–56)
Alma materMarquette University
Johns Hopkins University
  • Author
  • speechwriter
Jonah Goldberg (m. 2001)
RelativesLucianne Goldberg,


Early life and educationEdit

She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, one of nine children of Paul (1931–2018) and Donna Gavora, the owners of shopping centers, beverage stores and other businesses.[1][2] She grew up in Fairbanks where she played high school basketball against future Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.[3][4] She studied political science and journalism at Marquette University, then earned a master's degree in American foreign policy and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1993.[1][2]


In the 1990s she was director of programs at the New Citizenship Project,[5] an organization which initiated the neoconservative Project for the New American Century.[6] Gavora later became U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's chief speechwriter and was a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Justice.[1][2] She worked as a speechwriter and advisor for Nikki Haley during Haley's time as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.[7] She has written speeches for former house speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.[8] She is the author of the 2001 book Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex, and Title IX, a critical review of the effect that gender equity policies have had on male and female school sports.[2][9] She has written for the conservative magazines The Weekly Standard[10] and National Review.[11] In November 2010, Sarah Palin cited Gavora for her "important work" on Palin's book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.[4][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Gavora has been married to conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg since 2001.[1] She and Goldberg have one child and they live in the Washington, D.C., area.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Weddings; Jessica Gavora, Jonah Goldberg". New York Times. August 26, 2001. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The authors – Jessica Gavora". New Threats to Freedom. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Jessica Gavora (September 15, 2008). "The Game Changer". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Sarah Palin (November 23, 2010). America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag. Harper Collins. p. 271. We started out on opposing teams on the high school parquet, but our Alaskan roots connected us...
  5. ^ Jessica Gavora (April 22, 1996). "Colorblind Like Me". The Weekly Standard.
  6. ^ "About PNAC". Project for the New American Century. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Nikki Haley's Excellent Timing". National Review Online. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "NRO author bio". National Review Online. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  9. ^ Jessica Gavora (November 2001). Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex, and Title IX. Encounter Books. p. 171. ISBN 1-893554-35-X.
  10. ^ "Author, Jessica Gavora:Articles". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  11. ^ Kathryn Jean Lopez (July 1, 2002). "Spoiled Sports Title IX today". The National Review. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  12. ^ Gail Collins (December 17, 2010). "The Gingrich who stole Christmas". The New York Times.

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