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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Charlie Cook is the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, an independent and non-partisan political newsletter he founded in 1984, that analyzes U.S. elections and political trends. 

Starting in 1986, Charlie wrote a first weekly, then twice weekly, column for Roll Call, the original newspaper of Capitol Hill and since 1998, for the National Journal. Over the years, Charlie has served as a political analyst for CNN, later CBS and most recently for NBC News. He has worked many election nights on the Decision Desk at NBC News in New York, and has appeared over a dozen times on NBC’s Meet the Press.  

In recent years, Charlie has contributed to several editions of The Almanac of American Politics and was co-author of its 2020 Almanac.

The Cook Political Report, with a staff of six, has been called “the Bible of the political community” by former CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and by the New York Times, “a newsletter that both parties see as authoritative.”

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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 elections. 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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