Charlie Cook

Renowned Political Analyst and Founder 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
  • Widely revered elections expert who educates and entertains audiences with his encyclopedic knowledge and quick wit
  • Provides unparalleled insight and analysis on today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, nonpartisan way

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Charlie Cook is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends. In 1984, at the age of 30, he started The Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan newsletter that The New York Times once referred to as “being regarded as authoritative by both parties,” while legendary CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer has called it “the bible of the political community.”

In addition to lecturing, Charlie continues to write his weekly column for National Journal, while also serving as a political analyst for the publication. He is also a co-author of the 2020, 2022, and 2024 editions of The Almanac of American Politics.

Al Hunt, in the Wall Street Journal, referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.” The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered "the Dean of the Washington political press corps," once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best nonpartisan tracker of Congressional races.”

Charlie has appeared on ABC World News TonightCBS Evening News, and on ABC’s This Week — as well as several other leading news programs. He has also made more than a dozen appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press — the longest-running show on television — and was initially recruited for the show by then-host Tim Russert in the early 1990s. Over the years, he has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS and CNN — including many election nights on Decision Desk in New York.  

In 2010, Charlie was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics." In 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

For speaking engagements, Charlie is represented by Leading Authorities Inc, and has been for more than 30 years. 

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The Current Political and Legislative Environment. For more than three decades, Charlie Cook has been delivering independent, non-partisan political analysis as the founder of The Cook Political Report – deemed by The New York Times as “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” In this talk, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced way, providing insights into the latest from the Biden administration, the interplay between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, as well as an expert outlook for what will happen in Washington this year.

Election Forecasting. Founder 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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