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Meet the Speakers of The Cook Political Report

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Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan publication that analyzes elections and campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, governors and president, as well as American political trends. It is one of Washington’s most trusted source of political news. The New York Times called The Cook Political Report “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” and Bob Schieffer of CBS News said it was “the bible of the political community.”

Charlie Cook Political Speaker

Charlie Cook

Founder, Publisher, & Editor

There are political junkies, and then there’s Charlie Cook, the eponymous founder of the Cook Political Report. He is one of the most popular political handicappers in the business and Leading Authorities’ most frequently booked speaker, year in and year out. With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, his speeches focus on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a balanced, non-partisan way and furnishes audiences with the information they need regarding today’s political environment.

The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation.” The Washington Post said Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Wall Street Journal deemed him “the Picasso of election analysis.” Washingtonian magazine called him a “master observer” and “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” In 2010, Cook was a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

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Amy Walter

National Editor

Over the past 14 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 national editor of The Cook Political Report. Her work is trusted by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to unearth what really matters in politics, and her forecasting has a proven track record of success, which is essential for those whose jobs depend on accurate political forecasting.

Washingtonian named Walter one of the “Top 50 Journalists,” and she won the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions. She is also frequently quoted in top newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. In her presentations, she discusses current events, politics, congressional culture, the Washington political scene, and the mood and direction of the country.

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David Wasserman

House Editor

David Wasserman is the House editor of The Cook Political Report. Called “whip smart” and “scrupulously nonpartisan” by the Los Angeles Times, he analyzes the current political environment in presentations that he can tailor to his audiences’ specific interests or locales. His analysis looks at both national and local politics, what the future holds for the Parties, the three critical trends that affect voting, and the 12 clusters of voters that affect voting in the United States. Incorporating up-to-date examples from the past week of news and fascinating political facts, Wasserman’s presentations are entertaining and interesting, and he uses analogies that are as smart as they are memorable. Watch his speech.

Jennifer Duffy Cook Political Report

Jennifer Duffy

Senior Editor

Jennifer Duffy is the senior editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. Named one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country by Business Insider, she is one of the few experts on governors’ races and known for her unbiased analysis of national politics and elections. She offers audiences unique insight into the current political environment, national and state political trends, and upcoming elections, forecasting the states to watch and the likely results. She also addresses the key voter trends and demographics, the issues that drive elections, the state of the political parties, and the political health of Congress and the President. With 26 years of experience in campaign politics, veteran political analyst Jennifer Duffy shares the caliber of political insights only found at The Cook Political Report.