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Kathleen Parker brings two strengths to The Register-Guard's opinion pages: She often writes about subjects other columnists ignore - health care, gender issues, culture and family. And when she does address the political questions that are most columnists' standard fare, she brings to them wit, common sense and a perspective rooted outside the New York-Washington, D.C. media nexus.

Parker began writing her column in 1987 as a staff member of The Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla. She left the newspaper the following year to work as a free-lance writer in South Carolina. Her column, syndicated since 1995, now appears in 300 newspapers.

In 1993, Parker won The Baltimore Sun's H.L. Mencken Writing Award. The judges said she followed Mencken's tradition "in attacking ignorance and stupidity with vividness and originality."

Parker is a member of USA Today's board of contributors and has taught editorial writing and advanced feature writing at the University of South Carolina's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

- Jackman Wilson, editorial page editor
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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 13, 2004
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