Political Speakers From NBC, Axios, CNN, & More
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POLITICAL SPEAKERS FROM NBC, AXIOS, CNN, & MORE
- Chuck Todd, Host of Meet the Press and NBC News Political Director
- David Wasserman, US House Editor for The Cook Political Report
- Stuart Rothenberg, Founding Editor & Publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report
- Charlie Cook, Publisher of The Cook Political Report
- A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist for RealClearPolitics
- Amy Walter, National Editor of The Cook Political Report
- Jim VandeHei, Co-Founder and CEO of Axios and Co-Founder & Former CEO of POLITICO
- Mike Allen, Co-Founder & Executive Editor of Axios and Former POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent
- Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent
- Nathan Gonzales, Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and CNN Political Analyst
- Bob Schieffer, Former Moderator of Face the Nation and Former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent
- Major Garrett, CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent & Columnist-at-Large for National Journal
- Tom Bevan, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics
- Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and Executive Editor of RealClear Media Group
- Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post Writer and MSNBC Contributor
- Amy Holmes, Acclaimed Political Commentator and Host of PBS’ In Principle
- Joe Scarborough, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, New York Times Best-Selling Author, & Former U.S. Congressman (R-FL)
- Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe & New York Times Best-Selling Author
- Donna Brazile, Renowned Political Strategist, Former Interim Chair of the DNC, & Fox News Contributor
- Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst & Former US Representative from South Carolina
- Gianno Caldwell, Fox News Political Analyst and Founder, Caldwell Strategic Consulting
- Mo Elleithee, Former Communications Director of the DNC
- Ambassador Ron Kirk, Former US Trade Representative and Political Insider
- Jamal Simmons, Democratic Strategist & Political Commentator
- Cliff Sims, Former Sr. Communications Aide to President Donald Trump & Author of The Book, Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
Keep reading for more information on each of these noteworthy political experts below.
Host of Meet the Press and NBC News Political Director
A self-described political junkie, Chuck Todd has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. He is NBC News’ political director, the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press—the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history, and the host of MTP Daily. Influencers and competitors praise him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.” With what Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” he has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television, and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary have made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage. | See more on Chuck Todd here.
US House Editor for The Cook Political Report
David Wasserman is the US House editor and senior election analyst for the independent, non-partisan publication, The Cook Political Report. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of US presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called The Cook Political Report “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” | See more on David Wasserman.
Founding Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report
One of the go-to political analysts of the last three decades, Stuart Rothenberg has embodied the rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and non-partisan precision. The publication he founded, the Rothenberg Political Report, provided honest, nonpartisan reporting and clear-eyed analysis of American elections and their potential ramifications, looking at US House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics, and political developments. | See more on Stuart Rothenberg here.
Publisher of The Cook Political Report
Charlie Cook is the Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group. In 1984, Charlie founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that the New York Times once said was “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it “the bible of the political community.” Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.” In 2019, Cook was named co-author of the 2020 Edition of the Almanac of American Politics adding to his omniscient powers. The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered ‘the Dean’ of the Washington press corps, once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.” Charlie has appeared frequently on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and ABC’s This Week. Since the 1990s he has appeared over a dozen times on NBC’s Meet the Press. Over the years Charlie has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC and, since 1996, on NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in New York. | See more on Charlie Cook here.
Associate Editor and Columnist for RealClearPolitics
A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with political news site and polling data aggregator, RealClearPolitics, and a contributor and guest host for SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. She appears regularly on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNN, and MSBNC for her expertise as a political commentator. She is a former associate editor and columnist for The Hill newspaper. Her column with The Hill won first place Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, DC chapter in 2010 and 2011. | See more on A.B. Stoddard here.
National Editor of The Cook Political Report
For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is national editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and a frequent on-air analyst. In addition to her weekly appearance on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, Amy also hosts WNYC's nationally-syndicated public radio news program, "The Takeaway Fridays." She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’ Face The Nation, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel. She is the former political director of ABC News. | See more on Amy Walter here.
Co-Founder & CEO of Axios and Co-Founder & Former CEO of POLITICO
Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He is the co-founder and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country's most influential readers and across social platforms. As CEO VandeHei hopes to radically overhaul the traditional media business with a forward-thinking approach to the way viewers consume news in the 21st century. In addition to starting Axios, VandeHei was the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. Called a “media phenomenon” by Washingtonian, the all-politics-all-the-time site has been a smashing success since its 2006 launch. | See more on Jim VandeHei here.
Co-Founder & Executive Editor of Axios and Former POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent
Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms. In addition to starting Axios, Allen was a co-founder at POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. He not only reported on but also drove the day’s conversations in and around the Beltway. His sharp journalistic experience and coveted insider status make him an ideal choice to discuss the latest political happenings. | See more on Mike Allen here.
NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent
Kelly O’Donnell is a veteran political correspondent currently working a Pennsylvania Avenue beat for NBC News reporting from both the White House and Capitol Hill. She contributes to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, TODAY, and MSNBC, and appears as a panelist on Meet the Press and The Chris Matthews Show. She has anchored NBC News broadcasts and produced long-form pieces for Dateline. From the Rose Garden to Baghdad, the Olympic Games to Capitol Hill, the scope of her assignments is uncommon and her reports have taken her to all 50 states and 48 countries. | See more on Kelly O’Donnell here.
Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and CNN Political Analyst
Nathan Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor and president. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the company in 2015. He offers audiences some of the most detailed electoral forecasting in the business. He is a CNN political analyst and can regularly be seen on top media outlets discussing the latest in politics. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have all sought him out for his expertise. On Election Night 2016, Nathan was an on-air analyst for Newshour on PBS after working as an off-air consultant for ABC News on their Election Night Decision Desk for 14 years. | See more on Nathan Gonzales here.
Former Moderator of Face the Nation and Former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent
Emmy Award-winning journalist Bob Schieffer is one of the nation’s most-revered reporters of all time. With 58 years in the news business and 46 years at CBS News, the former moderator of Face the Nation served as a steady on-air presence while other television personalities came and went. He was declared “the last of the old school anchors from the heyday of network TV news” by NPR, and is a beloved Washington insider who, as USA Today said, “has been on a first-name basis with key DC figures for decades.” Schieffer, who held every major job at CBS News, served as the lynchpin of the network and led Face the Nation to its highest ratings in decades. He is currently the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. | See more on Bob Schieffer here.
CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent & Columnist-at-Large for National Journal
Major Garrett is CBS News’ chief White House correspondent and a columnist-at-large for National Journal. He covered Congress for 2 major magazines and served as White House correspondent for 3 TV networks. Major was called “one of the smartest people in the briefing room” by Robert Gibbs and his insider stories and valuable insights into the inner-workings of our political system. | See more on Major Garrett here.
Co-Founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics
Tom Bevan is the co-founder and executive editor of RealClearPolitics and the creator of the innovative and unilaterally-trusted RCP polling average. He hosts a weekly radio show and is frequently featured on FOX, CNN, and CNBC. Tom also entertains and informs audiences with political analysis coupled with historical context. | See more on Tom Bevan here.
Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and Executive Editor of RealClear Media Group
Carl Cannon is the Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics, executive editor of RealClear Media Group and former reporter with Reader’s Digest, National Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. He received the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage and his work breaks down White House and Capitol Hill current events—plus election forecasting and detailed statistical analysis. | See more on Carl Cannon here.
Washington Post Writer & MSNBC Contributor
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jonathan Capehart, is a renowned Washington Post writer and MSNBC contributor who breaks down the issues that will define the months and years to come. Jonathan is also a member of The Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog, and hosts the Post’s “Cape Up” podcast. One of the most-influential LGBT people in media today, Capehart is known for his thought-provoking commentary on the major political and cultural news items of the day, including the big issues at the heart of conversations about diversity and inclusion. | See more on Jonathan Capehart here.
Acclaimed Political Commentator & Host Of The PBS Show, In Principle
Amy Holmes is an acclaimed political commentator and host of the new PBS show, In Principle, who gives audiences a humorous, edgy, and insightful overview of the political landscape. She takes audiences into the future of politics under the Trump administration and the most current political issues. Holmes shares her insider's view of Washington to explain what the political news of the day means for the American people. | See more on Amy Holmes here.
Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, New York Times Best-Selling Author, & Former U.S. Congressman (R-FL)
As the face of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough ignites early morning audiences with his no-holds barred political commentary. Balanced by his Democratic co-host Mika Brzezinski and flanked by diverse guests, Scarborough navigates the political environment with an insider’s perspective and a no-nonsense attitude. Morning Joe does particularly well among Washington’s power players. GOP consultant Mark McKinnon said, “Morning Joe has become the most influential show in politics. Anyone who is anyone in politics, or cares about politics these days, is plugged into the program. They created a format that is substantive, informative, and entertaining.” Newsweek notes, “One reason for the success of Morning Joe is that Scarborough and his team generate an ideologically unpredictable vibe.” TIME called Morning Joe “revolutionary,” while The New Yorker described it as “appallingly entertaining.” In 2008, The New York Times ranked it the top news show of the year and, in 2010, praised Brzezinski and Scarborough’s natural repartee and off-the-cuff commentary. Morning Joe has also consistently beaten CNN and Headline News in the ratings since 2011. Named to the prestigious “TIME 100” list of the world’s most influential people, Joe dynamic overview of current political and media landscape and the headlines of the day. | See more on Joe Scarborough here.
Co-Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe & New York Times Best-Selling Author
Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s award-winning morning show, Morning Joe, and a three-time New York Times best-selling author. The Democrat to partner Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski spends each weekday morning debating the headlines of the day with a roundtable of political insiders, journalists, and newsmakers. Morning Joe has been called “revolutionary” by TIME magazine and ranked a top news show by The New York Times, who noted the stellar impact of Brzezinski’s natural repartee with co-host Scarborough as well as her off-the cuff commentary. Most recently, Brzezinski and her co-host were both inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Brzezinski’s presentations give audiences a smart, savvy, and insightful perspective on the news of the day and an inside look at the makings of a hit morning show. | See more on Mika Brzezinski here.
Renowned Political Strategist, Former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), & Fox News Contributor
Donna Brazile is best known as a veteran political strategist, renowned political commentator, columnist, author, adjunct professor at Harvard, and former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who analyses the hot political topics of the day using prized behind-the-scenes insight. Donna was the first African American woman to manage a national presidential campaign and knows a thing or two about overcoming diversity. An expert on political and socioeconomic issues, she sits on the board of the Professional Diversity Network and looks at why expanding the circle of opportunity for minorities helps everyone succeed and how diversity is the key to success both in the board room and in Washington, DC. Her southern charm, big personality, and hilarious anecdotes make her an instant audience favorite. In fact, Oprah’s O magazine chose her as one of its “20 remarkable visionaries” and Washingtonian named her one of its “100 most powerful women.” | See more on Donna Brazile here.
CNN Political Analyst & Former US Representative from South Carolina
Bakari Sellers is a widely-respected political analyst on CNN and the former US Representative from South Carolina who offers passionate political and social commentary and analysis informed by first-hand experience. Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. In addition to his impressive list of early accomplishments, Sellers served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME magazine’s "40 Under 40" in 2010 as well as 2014’s “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African Americans. Sellers has been a highly-sought after public speaker and has provided political and social commentary and analysis on many major national news outlets. | See more on Bakari Sellers here.
Fox News Political Analyst & Founder of Caldwell Strategic Consulting
Gianno Caldwell is the principal and founder of Caldwell Strategic Consulting, a bi-partisan firm headquartered in Washington, DC, which focuses on healthcare, financial services, energy, and local government issues. Gianno has held a role on behalf of a member of Congress as well as roles at the federal, state, and local level reflecting over six years of legislative experience and culminating in the recognition of his ability to effectively create legislative strategies and build bipartisan coalitions. Gianno frequently provides analysis and commentary on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CNN, HLN, BET, TV One as well as various national news networks. He is also a contributor to The Hill newspaper. His opinions are sought out on a wide variety of topics including domestic policy, the economy, and Congress. His opinions are sought out on a wide variety of topics including domestic policy, the economy, and Congress. . | See more on Gianno Caldwell here.
Former Communications Director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Mo Elleithee is the former communications director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, who illuminates the current state of politics by giving audiences an insider’s glimpse into the workings of Washington, DC. For nearly two decades, he has been on the frontlines of politics and one of the top Democratic communications strategists in the country, helping political leaders and organizations figure out how to tell their story in order to break through the rapidly-changing media landscape. With humor and a charismatic personality, Elleithee shares stories and insights about the current state of politics, giving audiences an insider’s glimpse into the workings of Washington. He highlights what they can expect from the upcoming elections, the narratives around the hot button issues, and reasons why our political system is broken—and what audiences can learn from Millennials about how to fix it. | See more on Mo Elleithee here.
Former US Trade Representative & US Political Insider
Ambassador Ron Kirk is the former United States trade representative (USTR), the former mayor of Dallas, and the first African-American to fill those roles. Dubbing his city the “Capital City of NAFTA,” he understands the political and economic demands of running the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. As mayor, he served two terms from 1995–2002 and was among a group of political leaders who called for permanently normalizing trade relations with China. With nearly 20 influential years in politics and as a respected member of President Obama’s Cabinet, he was the principal advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues and an important member of the economics team. He is now frequently sought-after for his expertise on politics and trade and can be seen nationwide on top-tier media outlets. | See more on Ron Kirk here.
Democratic Strategist & Political Commentator
Jamal Simmons, a well-known and experienced Democratic strategist and political commentator, is a principal at The Raben Group, a Washington, DC consulting firm, where he provides communications and strategic counsel to corporate and non-profit clients. Jamal has served as traveling press secretary for two US Presidential candidates and was the campaign communications director for US Senator Max Cleland. He also worked on several other US presidential campaigns, including President Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign in 1992. During the 2010 US congressional election, he was the Democratic political analyst for CBS News and before that a fixture on CNN during the 2008 Presidential election. He is now a regular political commentator on CNN and MSNBC. With experience in political campaigns, Congress, and traveling across the globe for the White House and the press, he brings several perspectives and entertaining stories to his political analysis, including an in-depth look at the Obama Administration, and the Democratic Congress. With some of the most important policy issues on the docket in Washington, Jamal Simmons provides entertaining and informative analysis to everything from healthcare and education to foreign policy and the economy. Jamal is a very knowledgeable political keynote speaker who draws on his extensive experience to discuss pressing political news.
For a point-counterpoint discussion, pair Simmons with CNN political analyst Amy Holmes to create a lively and informative debate that answers important questions and provides multiple points of view on the issues on your audience's minds. Simmons can also team up with other terrific political thought leaders, like Dan Bartlett and Ed Gillespie. | See more on Jamal Simmons here
Former Sr. Communications Aide to President Donald Trump & Author of The Book, Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
Cliff Sims is a former senior communications aide to President Donald J. Trump and author of The New York Times best-selling book, TEAM OF VIPERS: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House. He is currently the President of C.D. Sims & Co., a boutique consulting firm and from 2011 to 2016 he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yellowhammer Multimedia in Birmingham, Alabama. During his time in the White House, he led the messaging operation, advising the President and senior officials on communications and messaging strategy. In Cliff's speeches, he takes audiences inside the Trump White House, sharing stories and lessons learned that keep audiences on the edge-of-their seats. | See more on Cliff Sims here.
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