Ann Coulter Biography

Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality, Radio Personality (1961–)
Ann Coulter is an American writer and conservative commentator known for inciting controversy with provocative statements.

Who Is Ann Coulter?

Born in New York City on December 8, 1961, Ann Coulter worked as a lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee before appearing on MSNBC as a legal consultant in 1996. She was dismissed twice from that network. Coulter's brand of insult commentary has earned her a unique, conservative fan base. She has made frequent guest appearances on various television and radio talk shows and authored numerous books, including High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton (1998); If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans (2007); and Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America (2011).

Early Years and Career

Ann Hart Coulter was born on December 8, 1961, in New York City. She and her two older brothers were raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She described her family as "upper-middle-class" and her attorney father a "union buster."

Ann Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1984 and received her law degree at University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of The Michigan Law Review.

Coulter served as a law clerk in Kansas City for Pasco Bowman II of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After briefly working in private practice in New York City, she went to work for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995, handling crime and immigration issues for Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan.

Political Commentator

Coulter first stepped into the public eye when she was hired in 1996 by MSNBC as a legal correspondent. The channel dismissed her twice, first in February 1997, after she insulted then U.S. Ambassador to France, the late Pamela Harriman, as it was covering her memorial service. She was dismissed again after she tangled with a Vietnam veteran campaigning against landmines.

Ann Coulter's Books

Coulter has made frequent guest appearances on various television and radio talk shows, and authored numerous books. Her first, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, published in 1998, made a case for Clinton's impeachment. Her other books include If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, published in October 2007; Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America, published in January 2009; Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America, published in June 2011; and Resistance Is Futile! How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind, published in August 2018.

Courting Controversy

Coulter periodically triggers a firestorm of controversy with her writings and appearances. She slammed four activist widows of 9/11 victims, known as "The Jersey Girls," after they endorsed John Kerry for president in 2004, writing, "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

Additionally, Coulter once said in an interview that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh should have bombed The New York Times building, and called 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards a "faggot." 

Coulter tried to poke fun at the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, aimed at freeing a group of kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria, on Twitter in 2014, but her stunt quickly backfired on her. After First Lady Michelle Obama posted photo of herself holding a sign with the campaign's hashtag, Coulter countered with a photo of herself with a sign that read "#Bring Back Our Country." This image of Coulter was transformed by others into a series of jokes at her expense. For example, one spoof changed the writing on Coulter's sign to read: "I am a miserable person who peddles hate to make money off dumb Republicans."

President Trump Supporter and Antagonist

Coulter was among Donald Trump's early, vocal supporters during his 2016 presidential campaign, and delighted in mocking his critics. However, she abruptly turned against Trump in late 2018, as he seemed to be losing ground in his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and she continued to attack the president even after he oversaw a lengthy government shutdown to force Congress into paying for the wall.


Coulter has been engaged several times, but never married. She owns both a condominium in Manhattan and a house in Palm Beach, Florida.

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