Amy Walter: How the Past Dictates the Present in Politics
- Popular TV panelist who explains what’s happening in politics and why on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and PBS NewsHour
- Shares expert insights on the electoral process, congressional culture, and the D.C. political scene through the eyes of the woman with her finger on the pulse of politics
- Named one of Washingtonian magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” and “Top 50 Journalists” as a leader in political analysis and forecasting
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For more than 25 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 the publisher and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. A contributor to the PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular “Politics Monday” segment and is a featured contributor for the network’s election and convention special coverage events. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s Inside Politics, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel. From 2017 until early 2021, Walter was the host of the weekly nationally syndicated program “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway from WNYC and PRX. She’s also the former political director of ABC News.
In her presentations, Walter expertly breaks down the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her astuteness, wit, and range of expertise creates an engaging, compelling presentation, and her reliable and accurate analysis has earned her numerous accolades. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Amy Walter takes audiences on an insider’s tour of Washington through the eyes of the woman with her finger on the pulse of politics.
Political History. Before ABC, she was the editor-in-chief of The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. There she served as the political publication’s primary voice for three years, and she provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly National Journal column, On the Trail. Walter has provided election night coverage and analysis since 1998 and was a member of CNN’s Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006.
Accolades and Education. Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, as well as one of its “50 Most Powerful Women,” Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. She also won the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions and has been frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report founder and contributor and political analyst for National Journal and NBC News, said, “Today, her work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth — and explain — what really matters in a political arena. And, she has a proven track record of success, which is essential for those whose jobs depend on accurate political forecasting.”
Walter graduated summa cum laude from Colby College. She was also honored by her alma mater her with an honorary PhD, and now serves on the Board of Advisors. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, where she was an inaugural fellow.
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Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up. Amy Walter speaks with aplomb about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene as a whole. A familiar presence across the media spectrum, her range of topics and expertise provides an engaging, compelling presentation that keeps audiences riveted. Walter discusses not only electoral politics, but also the politics of policy, Washington’s dysfunction, and the people and strategies behind events unfolding in Congress and the White House.
Thank you so much for helping coordinate Amy Walter’s participation in our National Advocacy Days. She was a pleasure to speak with during our pre-conference time together and her remarks could not have been more perfect. One of our conference goals is to provide participants with a feeling that they are getting “insider information” from our speakers. Amy is the ultimate DC-insider and her delivery hit the perfect note. The fact that she was able to talk about the challenges we are experiencing as a country in a totally nonpartisan way makes her well suited for our audience. She was also gracious with her time and made a huge impact on our youth advocates who she addressed warmly with encouragement and inspiration.
She’s smart, funny and talks knowledgeably about Washington politics without coming off as a wonk or total insider—which our attendees appreciate. She came to the reception and dinner following her talk, which was very generous of her, giving many of our attendees an opportunity to talk with her individually. I’m sure she’ll be in great demand between now and the election!
Amy was fantastic at our event on Friday. She was engaging and personable and our clients really enjoyed hearing from her. She absolutely set the right tone and was a highlight of the event.
In all seriousness, she was the most well-received speaker we have ever had for this conference! My members were grabbing me afterwards just to tell me how great she was! And of course she was. Just the best! So genuine. So smart. Just the right tone and the best analysis. Pitch perfect for this election season.
The response to Amy’s talk was GREAT! Clients and colleagues felt it was valuable, and enjoyed it. We love her non-partisan "take" on the results of the election. Really fantastic session and of course she is very easy to work with.
Amy was a huge hit with our group. Her presentation was excellent, and she kept our audience engaged throughout. We would love to have her back for a future event.
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