One of the most influential opinion-makers in the country, Charles Krauthammer challenges conventional wisdom with practically every word he writes. Unabashedly conservative, he does more than comment on the issues and policies of the day—he helps shape discussion about them. Krauthammer earned an MD from Harvard Medical School, and practiced medicine before becoming a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale, and later joined The New Republic as a writer and editor. He writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post and is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news programs.