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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)

May 27, 2022 2:34 pm

Tim Miller: Rage at the Carnage

The one door at Parkland didn't save the kids, and neither will teachers packing heat or good guys with guns…
Charlie Sykes
May 27, 2022 8:48 am

The Long Disgrace of the NRA

A retrospective
Charlie Sykes
May 26, 2022 2:31 pm

Peter Wehner: Christianity’s Generational Catastrophe

Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, and slandered and vilified the victims. No atheist has done this much damage…
Charlie Sykes
May 26, 2022 9:25 am

Is Trump Losing His Grip? Maybe.

Plus: Yes, something can be done about guns
Charlie Sykes
May 25, 2022 2:22 pm

Lucy Caldwell: A Second Amendment Fetish

The fetish for weapons of war has no end, even when police officers are outgunned. Plus, Trump's bad day in…
Charlie Sykes
May 25, 2022 9:34 am

A Bad Night for Trump’s Big Lie

Plus: Our gun debate doom loop
Charlie Sykes
May 24, 2022 2:21 pm

Rick Hasen: Pushing Back against ‘Cheap Speech’

Misinformation, disinformation and other 'cheap speech' has voters confused about truth and lies, and is threatening our democracy. Law professor…
Charlie Sykes
May 24, 2022 9:39 am

The GOP Goes Soft on Terror

Plus: Trump's about to go down in Georgia
Charlie Sykes
May 23, 2022 2:35 pm

Will Saletan: The GOP Has a Racism Problem

Evangelicals are moving from saving souls to pushing a political uprising, Trump's got a reckoning in Georgia, and the party…
Charlie Sykes
May 23, 2022 9:28 am

The Good, Bad, and the Really Ugly

A survey of our deplorable news cycle
Charlie Sykes