Commentator, Radio Regular Tony Blankley Dead At 62
January 9, 2012 at 3:29 AM (PT)
TONY BLANKLEY, the former REAGAN WHITE HOUSE speechwriter and press secretary for then-Rep. NEWT GINGRICH (R-GA) who became a well-known columnist and editorial page editor for the WASHINGTON TIMES, died SATURDAY of stomach cancer in WASHINGTON at 62.
A frequent guest commentator on radio (including regular segments on DIANE REHM's show at AMERICAN UNIVERSITY noncommercial WAMU/WASHINGTON and NPR and STEVE GILL's syndicated talk show based at CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLAC-A/NASHVILLE, BLANKLEY was a co-host (as the "right") on "LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTER," the public radio show produced by SANTA MONICA COLLEGE noncommercial KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES.
BLANKLEY, born in ENGLAND, became a child actor in the U.S. in the 1950s, and became a lawyer and prosecutor. He joined the REAGAN administration, then moved to working for Rep. BOBBI FIEDLER (R-CA) and GINGRICH. He then joined the TIMES, where he worked through 2007, and ended his career as EVP for Global Affairs at public relations firm EDELMAN INTERNATIONAL.