Margaret Ellen “Peggy” Noonan (born 1950) is an American author of several books on politics, religion, and culture and a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Peggy worked as the daily CBS Radio commentary writer for anchorman Dan Rather.
Peggy wrote Reagan’s address to the nation after the Challenger explosion, drawing upon the poet John Magee’s famous words about aviators who “slipped the surly bonds of earth… and touched the face of God.” The latter is ranked as the eighth best American political speech of the 20th century.
Peggy also worked as a consultant on the American television drama The West Wing.
Some books are “When Character Was King, “John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father” and “The Time of our Lives”.
In 1985, Peggy married Richard W. Rahn, who was then chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and had son, Will, was born in 1987. They were divorced after five years of marriage.