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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.

She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, Talk Radio Network and other news organizations. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Ms. Harper grew up in Texas and arrived in Washington in time for Watergate -- and has been tracking the political and media landscape ever since.

She is an active member of the American Federation of TV Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. She has won 14 journalism awards during her years at The Washington Times.

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Obama backer in 'right' lineup

Conservative listeners have a new choice on the radio dial with the arrival of WHFS-AM, a CBS Radio property that will showcase Michael Smerconish, a host who could be the wave of the future - or at least offer a hybrid take on a Democratic White House. Published November 11, 2008

Wash Post concedes bias for Obama

The mainstream press have been accused of being biased in favor of President-elect Barack Obama for months - a phenomenon now acknowledged by one of the nation's media heavyweights. Published November 10, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: By the numbers

"What will happen under President Obama?" asks Paddy Power, the largest bookmaker in Ireland. Here are its odds on a number of scenarios. Published November 9, 2008

Calm after a stormy campaign

Civility has surfaced in America as one administration ends and another begins. Published November 6, 2008

Early polls correct in giving Obama win

Much of the political discourse in the nation's longest presidential campaign was shaped by a daily deluge of opinion surveys that gauged American sentiment du jour. News coverage often hinged on the few digits that separated Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. Published November 5, 2008

Pollsters get their final grades today, too

Much of the political discourse in the nation's longest presidential campaign was shaped by a daily deluge of opinion surveys that gauged American sentiment du jour. In the end, were the polls right? Published November 4, 2008

At least 4,000 foreign journalists to cover election

The whole planet is obsessed with the U.S. presidential election - and the world's news media is poised to deliver the goods, subject to interpretation in more ways than one. It is one big cultural moment. Published November 4, 2008

International media horde to cover election finale

The whole planet is obsessed with the U.S. presidential election — and the world's news media is poised to deliver the goods, subject to interpretation in more ways than one. It is one big cultural moment. Published November 3, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Election Day cocktails

For everyone who needs a break from wonky analysis, here's a list of campaign cocktails concocted by mixologists around the country to honor the electoral process. Published November 2, 2008

Poll: Media lacks public trust on election

Politicians are not the only ones struggling with flagging public opinion this election season. The press is also foundering in the favorability department, according to a survey released Friday by Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership. Published November 1, 2008

Effect of red on men studied

The way to a man's heart is not through his stomach, suggestive undergarments or a hefty dowry. It's the color red. Published October 29, 2008

Red is the hue of choice for the mating game

A pair of researchers say they have scientific proof that the color red — "female red" they call it — is the real key to the attraction between men and women, and could ultimately affect our standards of beauty. Published October 29, 2008

Inside Politics: Race and the race

It will take a few decades before the myriad historical implications of the 2008 election are shaken out and sorted. For now, let's glean our perspective in bits, like this rumination from talk radio host Neal Boortz, addressing a pivotal question: Simply put, will black voters go with their race, or their politics? Published October 26, 2008

Anti-GOP partiality continues in the media

Republican hopefuls for the White House just can't get a break from the press - and it's been that way for the past four election cycles. Published October 25, 2008

The press 'pulling' for Obama

Republican hopefuls for the White House just can't get a break from the press — and it's been that way for the past four election cycles. Published October 24, 2008

Obama's 'firsts' may make history, and victory

ANALYSIS -- Ideology, politics and character alone won't determine the outcome of the presidential election. Voters also have a heady sense of historic occasion, a phenomenon that favors Sen. Barack Obama. Published October 24, 2008

Americans still hold out for the proverbial dream

More than three-fourths of Americans "personally believe" in the American dream and insist it's what makes the nation dynamic, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published October 22, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: 'W' doldrums

'Maintaining national morale in troubling times was once a fairly simple affair. At the height of the Depression and during World War II, Americans could count on Hollywood to produce uplifting fare and straightforward messages of reassurance and optimism — delivered by major stars of the day and often punctuated by splendid dance numbers. Published October 19, 2008