Monica Crowley is the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On July 16th, 2019, President Trump announced Monica’s appointment as Spokesperson for the Treasury Department and on July 24th, 2019, she was sworn into office.
Monica got her start in politics as a research assistant for President Richard Nixon. He hired her when she was only 22 years old. This was the beginning of her career into politics. From there, she broke into news radio and then ultimately joined Fox News as a foreign affairs and political analyst.
Breaking into the ranks of the news world takes intelligence, a solid political background, and expert communication skills. Crowley has combined wit, personality, and four degrees from highly ranked institutions to become an unbeatable conservative commentator.
Monica Crowley was born on September 19th, 1968 on the Fort Huachuca Base near Sierra Vista, Arizona. She grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey, where she acquired an interest in politics that has lasted throughout her lifetime. Crowley has described her family as apolitical, allowing her to freely develop her strong conservative views without outside influence. From the beginning, Crowley has set herself apart from the pack in regard to her political intelligence.
She left New Jersey to attend Colgate University in upstate New York. In 1990, she graduated from Colgate with High Honors in Political Science. She holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University: a 1994 Master of Arts and a 1995 Master of Philosophy in International Relations. In addition, Crowley received a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University in 2000.
As an undergraduate at Colgate University, Crowley began a correspondence with former President Richard Nixon. Through this correspondence, Nixon saw potential in Crowley, and hired her as a Foreign Policy Assistant upon her graduation from Colgate.
Under the former President’s mentorship, Crowley began to fine-tune her political analytical skills, along with her writing, editing, and media communication abilities. She served as his Foreign Policy assistant, providing help researching information regarding global political affairs. In addition, Crowley served as an editorial assistant and consultant for Nixon’s final two books: Beyond Peace and Seize the Moment: America’s Challenge in a One-Superpower World.
Crowley and Nixon traveled the world to various locales, including Russia, China, and all over Europe. She served as a chief strategist and foreign policy adviser, coordinating all media communication from Nixon’s office. Following Nixon’s death in 1994, Crowley published two books on her former mentor: Nixon in Winter and Nixon Off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People and Politics.
By the mid-1990s, Crowley was publishing articles and columns in national newspapers, including The New York Post, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun. Through her work with President Nixon and her publications, she caught the eye of one of the nation’s upcoming conservative news networks – Fox News.
The Fox News Channel officially launched in the United States in 1996. Monica Crowley joined the channel as one of the foreign affairs analysts, quickly rising through the ranks to become one of the station’s superstars. As one of the founding political commentators for Fox News, Crowley covered breaking news stories and top foreign affairs events for a national audience. She quickly developed a fan base and her talents reached far beyond the confines of Fox.
In 2004, MSNBC brought Crowley aboard as a co-host for their morning show Connected: Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan. After the show ended in 2005, Crowley joined MSNBC’s The Best of Imus in the Morning as a guest host. She also hosted NBC’s The Early Today Show.
In 2002, Crowley also signed a contract with Westwood One Radio to create The Monica Crowley Show, which still airs today. In 2007, Crowley came back to the Fox News Network to resume her position as a top political commentator, remaining in the position until 2017.
After her return to Fox in 2007, Crowley served as an occasional panelist on Fox News’ late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield. She also appeared regularly on The McLaughlin Group until 2011. She has appeared on Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Five. She also played herself on a 2016 episode of Netflix’s hit show House of Cards.
Throughout her Fox News career, Crowley spoke openly and freely on issues such as the 2016 Presidential election, surveillance abuse, military affairs, and budget appropriations. Conservative critics lauded Crowley as an outspoken advocate for the concerns of Republicans everywhere, earning her a top spot in the alumni ranks of Fox’s commentators.
Since departing Fox News in 2017, Crowley has remained active in the political arena. She regularly publishes articles in The Hill and The Washington Times, and lectures at universities up and down the East Coast, including Yale, MIT, and her alma maters Columbia and Colgate. Through her perseverance, tenacity, and intelligence, Crowley has gained admiration from thousands of journalists, viewers, and political minds across the country and the world.
In her current role as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs, she advises the Secretary and other senior Treasury officials on communications strategy, press engagement, and public outreach regarding economic policy priorities of the Administration. Monica is also the Treasury Department’s top spokesperson. Her previous role was as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Public Affairs.
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White House Account: https://twitter.com/treasuryspox?lang=en
Personal Account: https://twitter.com/MonicaCrowley