Past Event On February 22, 2020

Peggy Noonan

Declarations On Washington

Peggy Noonan

“We must try again to be alive to what the people of our country really long for in our national life: forgiveness and grace, maturity and wisdom.”

Peggy Noonan

Declarations On Washington

Program Date: February 22, 2020

Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal and bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture. Her column, “Declarations,” has run each week since 2000 and has been hailed by Forbes as “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.”

In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Peggy Noonan brought her unique and thoughtful analysis, political insights, and trademark humor and warmth to the Forum stage.

Explore the program book.

“In an entertaining manner, Peggy Noonan informed us from her point of view of the strengths and weaknesses of the characters of each of our Presidents from Jimmy Carter through Donald Trump. Aome of my own judgments were reinforced, and others were enlightened.”

– Subscriber Comment


Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, where her weekly column, “Declarations,” has run since 2000. She is also the bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture, including the bestsellers What I Saw at the Revolution and When Character Was King. She is one of ten historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book Character Above All. In her most recent release, The Time of Our Lives, Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.

In 2017, when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Political Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election, the prize committee cited her for “rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.”

In 2008, the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIMENewsweekThe Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television. She has also been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and has taught in the history department at Yale University.

Noonan served as a Special Assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. In the White House, she worked alongside the President on speeches that spanned the 40th anniversary of D-Day, the Challenger disaster, and his Farewell Address.

Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up there; as well as in Massapequa Park, Long Island; and in Rutherford, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. She lives in New York City.

Who Else has spoken at The Forum?

More than 240 distinguished speakers have participated in The Forum since its inception in 1987. Our list of alumni includes past U.S. presidents, sitting heads of state, and leaders from the sciences, arts, business, and more.

110 South 15th Street
Suite B
Richmond, VA 23219

Office: (804) 330-3993
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm
Program Day: 10am – noon

Presenting powerful voices so Richmond can learn. Empowering local voices so Richmond can lead.

The Richmond Forum and its partners are proud to support the Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative, a community initiative to bring speech & debate programs to all of our region’s public schools.

The Richmond Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Site by COLAB

Altria Group Dominion Energy Davenport & Company, LLC Genworth Financial, Inc. Wells Fargo