- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2014

The Washington Times has added a new voice and new leadership to its increasingly robust editorial reach.

Monica Crowley, a longtime contributor to Fox News Channel and host of a nationally syndicated talk show, has been named online opinion editor of the news organization, reporting to The Times’ Opinion Editor David Keene, beginning June 23.

He calls her a “skilled and thoughtful new colleague.”

She will be among other skilled and thoughtful folk. Ms. Crowley will oversee all opinion content that appears online, penned by such contributors as Dr. Ben Carson and Tammy Bruce, as well as Christine O’Donnell, Tom DeLay, Ernest Istook and Steve Deace.

Ms. Crowley herself will remain as a Fox News contributor, where she has offered commentary both on- and off-camera since 1996. She also plans to write original content for The Times.

“We’re thrilled to have Monica join The Washington Times,” said Larry Beasley, The Times’ president and chief executive officer. “With her extensive background, talent and education, Monica will enhance our online offerings from around the country and the world.”

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In conservative media, Ms. Crowley has been there and done that. She has hosted her own syndicated radio show since 2005, now heard on over 120 stations. She’s written four books, and her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Newsweek, among many publications. She has been among the few commentators to characterize ongoing strife in the Middle East and Afghanistan in spiritual terms.

“This is a holy war, whether we want to see it that way or not; whether it’s politically correct to say it or not, this is the truth,” Ms. Crowley told Fox News following the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban fighters. She also characterized both the unrest in Iraq and porous U.S. borders as the source of “humanitarian disasters” in a Monday column.

“Monica is the quintessential 21st century thought leader, able to communicate her conservative values in all mediums in the most cogent way,” said John Solomon, the Times’ editor and vice president of content and business development. “David, Larry and I are excited to have her at the helm of our digital opinion strategies, where we know she will find new audiences for the great content we already offer while finding fresh new voices to add to our lineup.”

In a media marketplace brimming with tales of the next best thing and much disposable fare, Ms. Crowley brings some authentic institutional knowledge to the table.

She once served as Richard Nixon’s foreign policy assistant, was an editor at both Talk magazine and ReganBooks, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her doctorate in international relations from Columbia University.

“I’m thrilled to join the Times’ extraordinary team,” Ms. Crowley said. “The Times plays such a leading and influential role in the national debate, and I’m truly excited to be a part of this energetic and growing organization. I look forward to expanding its intelligent, important and dynamic online opinion.”

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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