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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)

September 30, 2022 3:31 pm

Tim Miller: Why Lizzo Triggers Ben

Kevin McCarthy tries/fails to argue he's not a spineless suck-up, the [Blame] America First crowd goes full Alex Jones, and…
Charlie Sykes
September 30, 2022 9:35 am

Reliving a Sordid Chapter in American History

The Holocaust, refugees, and haunting echoes
Charlie Sykes
September 29, 2022 2:36 pm

Susan Glasser & Peter Baker: A History and a Warning

The history of the Trump presidency is also a warning of a Trump 2.0 — this time, he would know…
Charlie Sykes
September 29, 2022 9:34 am

MAGA’s New Mantra: “Blame America First”

Plus: 3 words that explain WI's Senate race
Charlie Sykes
September 28, 2022 3:45 pm

Tom Nichols: Clowns with Flame Throwers

Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, and other clowns rile people up only to stand back and let violent political tourists do…
Charlie Sykes
September 28, 2022 9:25 am

The Right’s Lust for Violence

Roger Stone, Michael Anton, Kyle Young, and the Oath Keepers.
Charlie Sykes
September 27, 2022 3:23 pm

A.B. Stoddard: The Super Kooks

Oz is critiquing Fetterman's clothing style, Obama supporter and liar Kari Lake is a contender, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been…
Charlie Sykes
September 27, 2022 9:37 am

The Sublime and the Shambolic

Our split screen news cycle.
Charlie Sykes
September 26, 2022 3:06 pm

Tim O’Brien: For Trump, It’s Always about the $$$

Letitia James aims to shut down the Trump family operation in New York, which means he'd have to unload his…
Charlie Sykes
September 26, 2022 9:39 am

Democracy Is Too Important To Be Left To the Lawyers. But…

Plus: Liz Cheney’s Red Line.
Charlie Sykes