Kimberley A. Strassel (born July 24, 1972) is an author and member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. She writes a weekly conservative column, "Potomac Watch", which appears on Fridays.
Strassel grew up in Buxton, Oregon, where she graduated in 1990 from Banks High School in nearby Banks. She graduated from Princeton University in 1994 with a B.A. in Public Policy and International Affairs.
Before joining the Editorial Board she was a news assistant for the European edition of the WSJ in Brussels (1994–1996) and a staff writer covering technology for the WSJ Europe in London (1996–1999). She moved to New York in 1999 to cover real estate before quickly joining the editorial page as an assistant features editor.
In 2001, Strassel was the first mainstream journalist to cover problems with historian Michael Bellesiles's book Arming America (2000); Strassel won an award for this work. Bellesiles resigned his professorship at Emory University in 2002 following an investigation launched by the university, and the Bancroft Prize for the book was revoked.
She became a senior editorial writer and member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal in 2005.
In 2006, Strassel co-wrote Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (ISBN 0-7425-4545-8), which argues that government regulation interferes with marketplace initiatives to provide women with economic opportunity.
In 2007, Strassel began writing the long-running "Potomac Watch" column for the Wall Street Journal.
Strassel favorably profiled then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin shortly before the 2008 election in an article entitled I Haven't Always Just Toed the Line. The article originally appeared in the Weekend Interview section of The Wall Street Journal on November 1, 2008.
In 2012, Strassel wrote an editorial in the WSJ that alleged the Obama campaign was targeting Frank L. VanderSloot, a national finance co-chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and a top campaign donor. Strassel's editorial was disputed by Rachel Maddow, Lewiston Morning Tribune editor Marty Trillhaase, and David Shere of Media Matters for America. In May 2013, as part of the IRS targeting controversy, Strassel reported that the IRS (not the Obama campaign) targeted conservatives, including Frank L. VanderSloot.
In 2014, Strassel won the $250,000 Bradley Prize, an honor which she shares with columnist George Will and the CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes. On the occasion of the award, the president of the conservative Bradley Foundation, Michael Grebe, noted "Ms. Strassel’s 'Potomac Watch' column is an essential example of journalistic excellence. Her keen focus on government transparency and accountability as well as her important analyses on issues of the day strengthen the American fabric.”
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- "I Haven't Always Just Toed the Line". The Wall Street Journal. November 1, 2008.
- Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 10, 2012). "Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Wealthy Romney fundraiser apologizes for gay reporter's 'personal pain'". The Rachel Maddow Show. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. Transcript available.
- Trillhaase, Marty (August 1, 2012). "Picking On Idaho's defenseless millionaire" (PDF). Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Shere, David (May 14, 2012). "Fox, WSJ Pass Off Top Romney Campaign Official As A "Private Citizen"". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Strassel, Kimberley A. (May 19, 2013). "Strassel: The IRS Scandal Started at the Top". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly A. Strassel to receive 2014 Bradley Prize". The Bradley Foundation. May 2014.
- "WEDDINGS; Kimberley Strassel, Matthew Rose". The New York Times. July 16, 2000.