Charlie Cook

Renowned Political Analyst and Publisher of the Cook Political Report
  • Called “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else” by Washingtonian and “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal
  • Discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way
  • Hugely popular speaker known for an encyclopedic knowledge and quick wit

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“There are political junkies, and then there’s Charlie Cook – the man who knows more about everything political than anyone else.” The Washingtonian

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter covering congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential elections, as well as domestic U.S political trends. 

Charlie founded The Cook Political Report in 1984, and over time, it has come to be acknowledged by The New York Times as "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." CBS News' Bob Schieffer once referred to The Cook Political Report as "the bible of the political community.”

From 1986 to 1998, Charlie wrote a weekly column in Roll Call, the newsletter of Capitol Hill, and has written weekly for the National Journal since 1998. Over the years, he has served as an election consultant to CNN, CBS, and most recently NBC News.

In 2010, Charlie was named as a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award for "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics," and in 2013, served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, Charlie was co-author of the 2020 edition of The Almanac of American Politics.

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The Current Political and Legislative Environment Amid COVID-19. A trusted and accurate voice on all things political, Charlie Cook outlines how the current pandemic has impacted the political landscape and race to the White House. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.

The Current Political and Legislative Environment. For more than two decades Charlie Cook has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political, founding The Cook Political Report deemed by The New York Times as “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.

Election Forecasting. Editor and publisher of the independent, nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Charlie shares a “lay of the land” for upcoming elections, including what the key dynamics are driving are and affecting the Democratic and Republican parties. He focuses on the implications of states’ electoral leanings, what it all means during Presidential contests, what will likely happen in the House and Senate moving forward, and what the results mean for the two parties (and the American people). It’s what audiences need to know to determine the outcome of the next election.

Ideal Political Pairing. Charlie Cook also engages in exciting point-counter-points with some of our other featured speakers. Among them, Stu Rothenberg provides a shrewd commentary on current political trends and hot-button issues, as he puts his own insight to work predicting the policy directions of the presidency. Book Cook to get a perceptive look at what lies ahead in politics; book him with Rothenberg to get two points of view on what policy decisions are forthcoming and what lies ahead for America. It’s a pairing up of two of the most respected and experienced political analysts in the business, not from the left or the right or from the Republican or Democratic perspectives, but right down the middle.

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