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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.

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Children happy with spirituality

The spiritual lives of children has come under close scrutiny by two different sets of researchers who reached the same conclusion. Spirituality is a good thing for youngsters, a positive influence. Published January 12, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend

Experts wonder: When President-elect Barack Obama gets to the White House, does it mean that America has entered a post-racial era? Published January 11, 2009

Media ends Bush battle; round two: Palin

One battle ends, another begins. His job done, President Bush will abandon the major press spotlight in 11 days. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's match in the media arena has just begun, however. Published January 9, 2009

U.S. teen birthrate rises, reversing trend

Teenage births have increased in the U.S. for the first time in 14 years, according to numbers released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. Published January 8, 2009

That new-car smell? Coconut

Palms down, it could be the must-have automobile option for the conscientious. Published January 7, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend

Prepare thyself. The press is going to get lofty indeed as we approach Inauguration Day. So just for old times' sake, let us consider the goof factor which at least made the endless 2008 presidential campaign bearable. Published January 4, 2009

Palin fires pit bull-with-lipstick salvos

Alaska has a new form of wildlife -- Gov. Sarah Palin, who has turned into a mama tiger, or a grandmama tiger anyway, in defense of her young. ]]> Published January 3, 2009

Simple pleasures: Frugality takes hold

The instinct to live large is fading in America, according to the inevitable analyses of what's in store for the nation in 2009. Published January 2, 2009

Biggest New Year’s tradition: The kiss

The Big Night. Some of us adore New Year's Eve as a glittering passage from one year to the next; some are vexed by the hats and the hoopla. The annual fete is subject to interpretation. Published December 31, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Transition, Part 2

The Pentagon has quietly announced that some 250 political appointees from the Bush administration will stay on the job for a while, or at least until their replacements are found. Published December 28, 2008

Shirtless Obama photo staged?

A photo of President-elect Barack Obama strolling shirtless Monday in Hawaii is the shot seen 'round the world. Published December 24, 2008

Blagojevich among top 10 scandals

It could be his Chicago-style audacity or the sheer breadth of the investigation. Maybe it's just the hair, or those snappy new ringtones. Published December 19, 2008

Pope, Wal-Mart hail new culture of thrift

Wear out your shoes, and hail the humble meal and modest celebration. The new frugality, thrifty chic, recessionist culture -- it's a global thing. And it's good for us. Published December 18, 2008

TV news, local papers win audience derby

Americans get their news from local television, cable news networks and local newspapers in that order, according to new research. Published December 17, 2008