|Birth:||November 14, 1947 |
|Death:||February 15, 2022 (aged 74) |
|Education:||Miami University, Johns Hopkins University|
|Occupation:||Political Satirist, Journalist, Writer|
Patrick Jake "PJ" O'Rourke (November 14, 1947 – February 15, 2022) was a libertarian political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke was the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! He was a columnist at The Daily Beast from 2011 to 2016.
He authored more than 20 books, the best known of which is Holidays in Hell, about his visits to war zones as a foreign correspondent. Three of his books made The New York Times Best Seller list. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states, "O'Rourke's original reporting, irreverent humour, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject."
While he was a registered Republican, O'Rourke described himself as a libertarian.