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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 8, 2023 4:52 pm

Wait, Is This Guy a Freakin’ Criminal?

Jack Smith will need a barn burner of a case, rich in facts, and one that holds up under the…
Charlie Sykes
June 8, 2023 9:44 am

Here Comes the Indictment

Charlie Sykes
June 7, 2023 2:48 pm

A.B. Stoddard: Christie Brought the Hot Sauce

Chris Christie launched his presidential campaign by calling out Trump—and hit him on the kleptocracy, the hypocrisy, and the lying.…
Charlie Sykes
June 7, 2023 9:50 am

Here Comes Chris Christie

New Jersey man brings the hot sauce
Charlie Sykes
June 6, 2023 6:14 pm

“We Won’t Look at the Comments”

Charlie and Mona note the Republicans decrying Trump’s congratulations to Kim Jung-Un, wonder where Tim Scott is going, and consider…

Charlie Sykes
June 6, 2023 2:29 pm

Astead Herndon: Our Broken Politics

Too many of today's politicians don't care that they are undermining their own parties with messages the general public doesn't…
Charlie Sykes
June 6, 2023 9:28 am

The No Labels Delusion

Plus: Indictment watch.
Charlie Sykes
June 5, 2023 2:25 pm

Will Saletan: The Dem’s RFK, Jr. Problem

Steve Bannon and company are helping give anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy a boost in the polls, Trump gets challenged from…
Charlie Sykes
June 5, 2023 9:25 am

“Congratulations to Kim Jung Un!” (sic)

The GOP (finally) pushes back. Sort of.
Charlie Sykes
June 2, 2023 2:48 pm

Tim Miller: Normal v Crazy

It wasn't like the boring 90s, but politics this week felt almost normal. Meanwhile, Trump's bleats are getting more demented…
Charlie Sykes