Opinion Columnist at The Washington Post
One of America’s youngest nationally syndicated columnists, The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell takes a straight-on, data-driven approach to the most intriguing areas of economics, public policy, politics and culture. Her twice-a-week takes on everything from what’s happening in the White House to debunking myths about millennials have made her a rising media star in print, radio and TV. In addition to her columns for The Post, Rampell is a political and economic commentator for CNN and a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Rampell’s keynotes combine sharp analysis, high level humor and insightful observations punctuated by cold facts and unbiased data. Known for addressing mixed audiences that can be at polar ends of the political spectrum, Catherine Rampell deploys data and logic to spark dialog and highlight common ground. Read More >
Myths on Higher Education
Why Millennials Are Missing Major Life Milestones
Millennials and the Recession
On the Trump Administration: Wiretapping Accusations and Healthcare
On the Trump Administration: The First 100 Days
Separating fact from opinion, Catherine Rampell’s data-driven presentation looks at how the President and GOP Congress are shaping economic and business policy and what those policies will mean for growth. Read More >
Analyzing today’s economic headlines through the lens of trends and economic data, she looks at the largest issues facing the country, including: Read Less ^
Paid parental leave is only the tip of the iceberg. Data clearly shows what it takes to keep women attached to the workforce and moving up the career ladder. Catherine Rampell takes a data-driven look at public policies affecting women in the workforce. Read More >
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From marriage and home ownership to having children, America’s young adults have gotten a lot of flak for missing many of the milestones that earlier generations checked off with ease. A third of millennials still live with their parents. Marriage rates have plummeted. Read More >
Home ownership rates are at a record low. Do these American-dream-style signposts still retain a strong hold over young people’s desires and aspirations? Millennial journalist Catherine Rampell examines the economics and demographics of millennials and where they’re heading, including: Read Less ^
“Fake news” and “alternative facts” aren’t just a challenge for the media. They’re a threat to our democratic process itself. Catherine Rampell looks at the data to examine the impact of “fake news” in the fast-moving world of social media, 24-7 news and 140-character presidential pronouncements. Read More >
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In Europe and the U.S., young people—or at least a large swath of them—appear to be growing more left-wing. Are they? On both ends of the political spectrum, this is the most radical generation ever recorded by the World Values Survey, notably cynical about the worth of democracy and distrusting of their political institutions. Read More >
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College students are more politically polarized today than they have been in more than four decades. Citing recent events of banning or protesting controversial speech on American college campuses, Rampell makes a case for a more forceful protection of all forms of free speech, especially by liberal institutions. Read More >
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“Repeal and Replace.” The American Health Care Act. Graham-Cassidy. Single Payer. Addressing the ever-moving target of health care reform with non-partisan numbers, statistics and revealing public opinion polls, Catherine Rampell looks at America’s choices with her signature data-driven analysis. Rampell separates political spin from the real-life impact on vulnerable Americans, examines the evolution of efforts to end Obamacare, and questions whether, in the long run, significant change will ever muster widespread support.
"It was a great success. Catherine gave a fantastic talk on Monday to about 130 virtual attendees and her YouTube video is up to 572 views as of this morning. Her keynote speech at the Wednesday Forum was fascinating, and she spoke to 226 people in-person and 77 via livestream. Overall, it was a great event, and we were so happy to have Catherine here on campus! Thank you so much for working with us!"
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