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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)

February 20, 2024 5:30 pm

Biden Can’t Avoid Gaffes. He Shouldn’t Try.

A.B. Stoddard joins Mona Charen to discuss Yulia Navalnaya’s amazing courage, Mike Johnson’s trap, and how Biden can beat the…

Charlie Sykes
February 16, 2024 1:05 pm

Putin’s Latest Victim

Benjamin Parker joins Mona Charen to talk about the death (really, slow-motion murder) of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, what…

Charlie Sykes
February 13, 2024 6:03 pm

Trump Is Actually a Weakling

Will Saletan joins Mona Charen to discuss Trump’s “sir” story about letting Russia invade a NATO country; the Ukraine aid…

Charlie Sykes
February 9, 2024 3:47 pm

David French and Bill Kristol: The Age Thing

The special counsel’s report on Biden’s docs—and a gaffe about Mexico—have placed Joe’s age and memory front and center in…
Charlie Sykes
February 9, 2024 9:35 am

Hail and Farewell

Looks like I picked a helluva week to get off the hamster wheel of crazy. As you perhaps know, this…
Charlie Sykes
February 8, 2024 4:58 pm

He’s Staying on the Ballot

The Supreme Court sounded ready to reject a Colorado ruling that barred Trump from the state ballot. Plus, reading the…
Charlie Sykes
February 8, 2024 9:38 am

The GOP’s Dictator Fetish

Plus: Threatening James Lankford.
Charlie Sykes
February 7, 2024 3:07 pm

Tom Nichols: Citizen Trump

The Supreme Court’s legitimacy would really be on the line if it took up Trump’s completely lunatic immunity theory after…
Charlie Sykes
February 7, 2024 3:04 pm

Tom Nichols: Citizen Trump

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February 7, 2024 9:15 am

A Perfect Storm of GOP Dysfunction

Plus: A loss for Citizen Trump
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