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Anthony “Tony” Blankley (born 1948; London, England, United Kingdom) is an Executive Vice President with Edelman public relations in Washington, a Visiting Senior Fellow in National-Security Communications at the Heritage Foundation, weekly contributor to the nationally syndicated public radio program Left, Right & Center, author of The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? and American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century, and a regular guest on various new programs. Blankley is also a regular commentator for radio shows including The Diane Rehm Show. Earlier in his career Blankley was the editorial page editor for The Washington Times, a contributing editor and monthly columnist for George Magazine, and a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group.

Blankley’s political opinions are generally considered to fall within traditional conservatism, although he has been labeled as a neo-conservative by some critics. He denies this label, claiming that his views are more comparable to a classic conservative such as former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Blankley’s political career spanned several decades, and his most prominent position was a seven-year stint as House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s press secretary. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Blankley served president Reagan as a policy analyst and speechwriter, and was a staff writer for Congresswoman Bobbi Fiedler. Before coming to Washington, Blankley spent 10 years as a prosecutor with the California Attorney General’s office.

He was also a child actor appearing as Rod Steiger’s child in The Harder They Fall (1955). He attended UCLA and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1972 but has since ceased to be a member as he does not engage in legal practice to the requisite extent. Blankley has three children: Spencer, 23, Trevor, 21, and his adopted child Ana, 12, who came from St. Petersburg, Russia. He currently resides in Great Falls Virginia with his family and is the owner of small farm. Blankley continues to write for the Washington Times and is writing his third book.

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