Jake Sherman

Founder of Punchbowl News, Former Co-Author of POLITICO Playbook
Jake Sherman
  • Top congressional reporter on Capitol Hill who has chronicled all of the major legislative battles of the Obama and Trump Presidencies
  • Founder of Punchbowl News, a news community focused on power, people, and politics in Washington
  • Former co-author of POLITICO Playbook, leading the platform to double in revenue and triple its readership
  • Takes audiences inside the rooms where decisions are made - focusing on Congress, congressional leadership, and the politics of legislating

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An esteemed reporter and news media innovator, Jake Sherman has been a go-to source for the latest — and most accurate — news on Congress, congressional leadership, and the politics of legislating for more than a decade. He is a co-founder of Punchbowl News, a news community focused on the people, power, and politics in Washington. Named after the Secret Service’s nickname for the Capitol, the company covers congressional leadership and the White House, and tracks the industries and companies trying to influence them.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Sherman offers a candid analysis filled with colorful anecdotes about what’s driving politics and policy inside the nation’s capital. He has a unique perspective that comes from more than a decade of covering Congress, political campaigns, the White House and working in the Washington press corp. With incomparable access to the highest offices in Washington, Sherman is an expert on the policies, players, and personalities driving politics today, and shares valuable insights for how what’s happening in Washington, D.C. is impacting business and society.

From 2016 to 2020, Sherman was the co-author, alongside Anna Palmer, of the top-rated POLITICO Playbook franchise, in which they chronicled President Donald Trump’s first term and his relationship with top congressional leaders. Under their leadership, Playbook became a daily must-read and the platform more than doubled in revenue and tripled its readership. They also expanded Playbook into a widely acclaimed daily podcast, afternoon newsletter, and event series featuring interviews with the top political and business leaders across the country about pressing issues of the day. When Sherman first joined POLITICO in 2009, he covered congressional leadership and all the major legislative battles of the Obama and Trump presidencies. He has traveled the country and the world reporting on power and politics and is viewed as an authoritative voice on the politics of governing.

In 2019, Sherman and Palmer authored The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the future of Trump’s America. The book provided the inside story of Congress in the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency and was an instant New York Times and national bestseller. Trevor Noah, former host of The Daily Show, said the book turned “Congress into a Game of Thrones book.” In addition to being a leading reporter and bestselling author, Sherman is a political contributor to MSNBC and NBC News and appears on television from the Capitol almost daily.


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Politics with a Punch: Insider Insights on Today’s Top News. A co-founder of Punchbowl News and the former co-author of POLITICO Playbook, Jake Sherman’s work has been described as “the be all and end all of politics and what’s happening in D.C.” by Trevor Noah and “the daily missalette of Washington” by Stephen Colbert. Among the most widely respected voices in the political press, Sherman, leads groups on an up-to-the-minute walkthrough of what’s happening on Capitol Hill and what is likely to happen between Congress and the White House as they address hot-button issues on politics and policy. With incomparable access to the highest offices in D.C., Sherman is an expert on the issues, players and personalities driving politics today, and how they will impact what matters most to your audience.


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