Who Is Charles Krauthammer?


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Doctor Charles Krauthammer was an American physician, journalist, political commentator and author. His weekly Washington Post column is printed in more than 400 newspapers worldwide, and it won him a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987. He frequently appeared as a panelist on Fox News programs and the PBS show "Inside Washington." Krauthammer passed away of small intestine cancer on June 21, 2018.

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Doctor Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950, in New York City to Schlum and Thea Krauthammer. His family moved to Montreal shortly afterwards, where he grew up, attending Herzliah High School before matriculating to McGill University. He graduated with honors degrees in economics and political science in 1970. Following this, he spent a year studying politics as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford's Balliol College, where he met his wife, Robyn.

He went on to attend Harvard Medical School, completing a doctorate in medicine in 1975 despite a serious diving board accident in 1971 that hospitalized him for 14 months and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Charles Krauthammer practiced medicine from 1975 until 1978, specializing in psychiatry. He left his position as chief resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital to move to Washington, DC, where he directed psychiatric research during the Carter administration.

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