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77 Top Political Speakers You Need to Know About Before Your Next Event

by Maddie Donnelly
Top Political Speakers for your Next Event

Leading Authorities, Inc. is known for representing the best of the best in political analysis. We know everyone’s areas of expertise and specialization and are available to make great, targeted recommendations for your group. Below are some handy lists for your reference:

Election Analysts

Looking for top political analysts who can break down an election and discuss the nitty-gritty details? Then look no further, because our election analysts are ready to talk about the trends and factors driving the latest election results or share predictions with you and your audience. With their vast experiences as award-winning pollsters and political analysts, you can count on these speakers to deliver an engaging and insightful event.

  • Stuart Rothenberg is the founder of the Rothenberg Political Report and senior editor of Inside Politics.
  • Nathan Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections and a CNN political analyst
  • Charlie Cook is the publisher of the Cook Political Report and a columnist for the National Journal.
  • Amy Walter is the national editor of the Cook Political Report and the former political director of ABC News.
  • David Wasserman is the House editor of the Cook Political Report.
  • Jennifer Duffy is the senior editor for the Cook Political Report.
  • Larry Sabato is the University of Virginia’s professor of politics, the founder and head of the U.Va. Center for Politics, and a best-selling author.
  • Peter Hart is a public opinion expert whose company has provided NBC News and the Wall Street Journal with polls since 1989.
  • Frank Luntz is a pollster, communications expert, and best-selling author.

Non-Partisan Pundits and Journalists

Want to talk politics with some of the top political analysts in today’s media? With their unbiased viewpoints and one-of-a-kind experiences – from interviewing former President Obama to serving as a correspondent to major news networks – these well-known journalists and non-partisan pundits talk policies, elections, and much more with your audience.

  • Norah O'Donnell is co-host of CBS This Morning
  • Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist, the former chief political correspondent for CNN, and the former host of State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
  • Jake Tapper is the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN and the anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper and State of the Union. 
  • Ron Fournier is the Associate Publisher of Crain's Detroit Business and the author of the best-seller, Applebee’s America.
  • Ron Brownstein is the political director of Atlantic Media Company, the editorial director of National Journal, and a senior political and election analyst for CNN.
  • John Harris is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of POLITICO.
  • Jim VandeHei is the co-founder and CEO of Axios and the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO.
  • Mike Allen is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, the former chief White House correspondent for POLITICO, and the former author of Playbook.
  • Bob Schieffer is the former moderator of Face the Nation and the former CBS News chief Washington correspondent.
  • Chuck Todd is the current host of Meet the Press and NBC News political director.
  • Kelly O’Donnell is the NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent.
  • Mark Preston is the Executive Director of Political Programming and a Senior Political Analyst with CNN.
  • Reid Wilson is the Chief Political Correspondent and Congress Editor for Morning Consult.
  • Major Garrett is CBS News’ chief White House correspondent and a columnist-at-large for National Journal.
  • Chris Cillizza is a reporter and editor at large for CNN Politics.
  • Tom Bevan is the co-founder and executive editor of RealClearPolitics and the co-author of RealClearPolitics: Election 2012.
  • Carl Cannon is the Washington editor of RealClearPolitics, the executive editor of PoliticsDaily, and the co-author of RealClearPolitics: Election 2012.
  • Kathleen Parker is a columnist for the Washington Post and the former co-host of Parker Spitzer.
  • A.B. Stoddard is the associate editor and columnist for RealClearPolitics.
  • Dana Milbank is a political writer for the Washington Post and author of the thrice-weekly “Washington Sketch” column.
  • Mark Preston is executive editor of CNN Politics.
  • Amy Holmes is the former co-host of America’s Morning News, an anchor of TheBlaze TV, and an independent political contributor for CNN.
  • Willie Geist is the co-host of Morning Joe, the co-host of NBC’s Today’s Take, and a best-selling author.
  • Rick Klein is the political director of ABC News
  • Chris Stirewalt is the digital politics editor for Fox News and author of the daily newsletter, Halftime Report.
  • Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Washington Post editorial board, MSNBC contributor, and host of the "Cape Up" podcast.
  • Howard Fineman is a political commentator for NBC and MSNBC and a best-selling author.
  • Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward are legendary, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists and best-selling authors

Partisan Pundits and Journalists

Hosting an event that’s focusing on or targeting a particular party? With top political analysts — including partisan pundits and journalists — you can count on Leading Authorities speakers bureau. Our talent will connect with your audience on multiple levels while sharing their unique experiences as award-winning authors and journalists as well as in high-pressure roles in the White House and U.S. government.

  • Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the best-selling author of the book, Obsessed, All Things at Once, and Knowing Your Value.
  • Joe Scarborough is the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, a best-selling author, and a former US congressman (R-FL).
  • Dana Perino is the co-host of Fox’s The Five, the host of The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, and a former White House press secretary.
  • Bakari Sellers is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and a CNN contributor.
  • Alex Conant is a Republican strategist and the former Communications Director for Sen. Marco Rubio's 2016 campaign.
  • Haley Barbour is the former governor of Mississippi and the former chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association.
  • Ana Navarro is a CNN and CNN en Español political analyst and GOP strategist.
  • Stephanie Cutter is a political strategist, former deputy senior advisor to President Obama, and CNN political commentator.
  • Nicolle Wallace is the anchor of Deadline: White House, chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, former co-host on The View, and a former White House director of communications.
  • Steve Schmidt is a renowned political strategist, former campaign operative for President George W. Bush, and an MSNBC political analyst
  • Peter Beinart is a political commentator for CNN, the associate professor of political science at City University of New York, and a contributor to the Atlantic and National Journal.
  • Mo Ellethee is the former communications director of the Democratic National Committee and the founding executive director of Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.
  • Al From is the founder and former CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power.
  • Anita Dunn is the former White House communications director and the former chief communications officer for Obama for America.
  • Pat Buchanan is a former advisor to three presidents, a repeat candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, a political analyst for MSNBC, and the author of 10 books.
  • Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated political columnist and a contributor to Fox News.
  • Ron Kirk is the former United States trade representative (USTR), the former mayor of Dallas, and a Washington insider.
  • Ben Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and the youngest political appointee of the George W. Bush administration.
  • Ed Gillespie is the former Counselor to the President, a renowned GOP strategist, and the former Chairman of the RNC.
  • Matt Lewis is a CNN contributor and author of Too Dumb to Fail.

Policy Experts & Economists

 

Need a top political analyst who’s ready to go in-depth on the US economy and policies? With our leading policy experts and economists, you can give your audience a 360-degree view and understanding of the latest — or oldest — policies guiding the country and their potential impact on the economy. Our talent includes economic, healthcare, and public policy experts with extensive government experience.

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the former director of the Congressional Budget Office and an economic and fiscal policy expert.
  • Ronald Brownstein is the Political Director of Atlantic Media Company who specializes in public policy and healthcare.
  • Carlos Gutierrez is the Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Former CEO of Kellogg.
  • Michael Vickers is the Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
  • Nancy-Ann DeParle is the Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and a leading healthcare expert.
  • Evelyn Farkas is a foreign policy and global trends expert, NBC National Security Contributor, and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia.

Female Political Analysts

Planning an event that highlights politics and women? Our top political analysts include some of the best female political analysts in the industry. These women are well-known for their political savviness, as demonstrated by their award-winning work, which includes their roles as anchors and analysts at major news networks and as top leaders in the White House.

  • Norah O'Donnell is co-host of CBS This Morning
  • Dana Perino is the co-host of Fox’s The Fivethe host of Fox's The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, and a former White House press secretary.
  • Donna Brazile is a renowned political strategist and advisor, the former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, and a best-selling author.
  • Amy Walter is the national editor of the Cook Political Report and the former political director of ABC News.
  • Stephanie Cutter is a political strategist, former deputy senior advisor to President Obama, and CNN political commentator.
  • Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist, the former chief political correspondent for CNN, and the former host of State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
  • Ana Navarro is a CNN and CNN en Español political analyst, GOP strategist, and contributor on The View.
  • Nicolle Wallace is the anchor of Deadline: White House, chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, former co-host on The View, and a former White House director of communications.
  • Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the best-selling author of Obsessed, All Things at Once, and Knowing Your Value.
  • Kelly O’Donnell is the NBC News White House and Capitol Hill correspondent.
  • Kathleen Parker is a columnist for the Washington Post and the former co-host of Parker Spitzer.
  • A.B. Stoddard is the associate editor and a columnist for RealClearPolitics.
  • Amy Holmes is the former co-host of America’s Morning News, former host of Way Too Early, a former anchor of TheBlaze TV, and an independent political contributor for CNN.
  • Anita Dunn is the former White House communications director and the former chief communications officer for Obama for America.
  • Katty Kay is the lead anchor of BBC World News America and the author of best-selling Womenomics.
  • Jennifer Duffy is the senior editor for the Cook Political Report.

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