Kate O'Beirne is the
Washington editor of National
Review. Her column, "Bread and Circuses," covers
Congress, politics, and U.S. domestic policy.
O’Beirne was a regular contributor on CNN
Saturday night political roundtable program, The Capital Gang
, along with Al Hunt
, Mark Shields
, and Margaret Carlson
. O'Beirne and Novak
typically argued the conservative
viewpoint, while Hunt, Shields, and Carlson provided the liberal
viewpoint. She also
served as a substitute host on CNN's Crossfire
, as well as a commentator for the
NewsHour with Jim
. She is currently a political analyst for MSNBC's
Kate Walsh, she was raised in a traditional
Irish Catholic family in Manhasset, New
After graduating from high school in 1967,
she attended Good Counsel College majoring in English and journalism
, but took a leave of absence to work
on the successful 1970 U.S.
campaign of Conservative Party of New
member James Buckley
returned to his office as an aide after graduation.
she graduated from St. John's University (New York) law school, in
the same year married James O'Beirne, an infantry officer in the
United States Army (now White House liaison to The Pentagon).
For the next ten years, she traveled with
him and raised their two sons.
In 1986, the family moved to Washington, D.C., and she served as
deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and
until 1988. She moved on to become deputy
director of domestic-policy studies at the Heritage Foundation
, where she
supervised studies in the area of health care, welfare, education,
and housing. She later became vice president of government
relations, responsible for keeping Washington policymakers abreast
of Heritage proposals and research findings in all areas of the
Foundation’s study, while serving as a contributing editor for
In 1992, President of the
United States George H.
named her to the Presidential
Commission on Women in the Armed Forces
, although she has never
served in the military.
In 1995, she began work as part-time contributing editor for
National Review, but was soon appointed Washington editor. Her work
on the magazine
led to her invitation to
join The Capital Gang
, and from there her other work in
received an honorary degree from St. John's
University in 1997.
O'Beirne is currently involved in a wrongful termination lawsuit
for her role as a long-serving board member of Ave Maria School of Law and its move
Arbor, MI to Naples, FL.
According to deposition records, she is accused of failing to
exercise "due diligence" on the part of the AMSL board in the face
of such major decisions.
- Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical
Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and
Sports, Sentinel HC, 2006. ISBN