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Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes is  a founder and editor-at-large of The Bulwark, host of The Bulwark Podcast, and an NBC/ MSNBC contributor.

He is also author of nine books, including A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School,  A Nation of Moochers, and Fail U. The False Promise of Higher Education. He was co-editor of the National Review College Guide.

His most recent book, How the Right Lost Its Mind, published by St. Martin’s Press, was released in October 2017. An updated paperback edition was released in October, 2018.

Sykes has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic,  The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek,, USA Today, National Review, The New York Review of Books, the New York Daily News,  and other national publications. He has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the Today Show, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, PBS, the BBC, and has been profiled on NPR. He has also spoken extensively on university campuses.

He is a former contributing editor to the Weekly Standard; he also has served as editor of Milwaukee Magazine; editor of Wisconsin Interest Magazine; and founder and editor in chief of Right Wisconsin.

Sykes serves as the president of Defending Democracy Together Institute, sits on the advisory board of the Democracy Fund, and is a member of the board of Stand Up Republic.  

Until he stepped down in December 2016 after 23 years, Sykes was one of Wisconsin’s top-rated and most influential conservative talk show hosts. In 2017, he was co-host of the national public radio show, “Indivisible,” which originated from WNYC.

He lives in Mequon, Wisconsin with his wife and three dogs. He has three children, and two grandchildren.

Articles by Charlie Sykes (page 1)

June 27, 2022 3:22 pm

The Post-Roe World Is Now

Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday to discuss the new post-Roe political landscape in America. They…
Charlie Sykes
June 27, 2022 10:06 am

A Culture of Life? Don’t Count on It

An unusually personal newsletter.
Charlie Sykes
June 24, 2022 5:04 pm

Ben Wittes: Roe/Coups/Guns

The Supreme Court reoriented our understanding of fundamental rights today. Now come the fights over the right to travel, and…
Charlie Sykes
June 24, 2022 9:46 am

Donald Trump’s Insane Criminal Conspiracy

What we learned at Thursday's 1/6 hearing
Charlie Sykes
June 23, 2022 2:40 pm

Bill Kristol: Why We Were Alarmed

Ron Johnson has no good explanation for why his staff tried to hand fake electors to Pence. Plus, the Jan…
Charlie Sykes
June 23, 2022 9:23 am

Ron Johnson’s Electoral Fraud

Plus: Lordy, defamation has consequences
Charlie Sykes
June 22, 2022 2:44 pm

Greg Lukianoff: Democracy Can Handle Free Speech

Roughly 700 professors have been targeted for firing in recent years for something they said - an historic high. Yet,…
Charlie Sykes
June 22, 2022 9:32 am

Trump Did This

The lies, pressure, bullying, and threats
Charlie Sykes
June 21, 2022 3:29 pm

Denver Riggleman: How the 1/6 Committee could succeed

The Qanon election conspiracy runs deep and wide, and the Jan 6 committee will succeed if it can wrest a…
Charlie Sykes
June 21, 2022 9:12 am

The Madness (and Danger) of the Texas GOP

Plus: Eric Greitens is talking about murder
Charlie Sykes