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Charles 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 Charles Sykes (page 1)

November 23, 2021 9:41 am

The Tyranny of Ideological Narratives

And why it may cost Democrats in Wisconsin.
Charles Sykes
November 19, 2021 9:47 am

Justice for the QAnon Shaman

Plus: Biden’s radically problematic pick.
Charles Sykes
November 18, 2021 9:46 am

Adam Schiff Explains Himself

Charles Sykes
November 17, 2021 9:44 am

The Insanity Right in Front of Us

Plus: What today’s Gosar vote tells us.
Charles Sykes
November 15, 2021 9:46 am

Misreading the Politics of “Normalcy”

These are profoundly abnormal times.
Charles Sykes
November 14, 2021 11:15 am

Steve Bannon Has Plans

Charles Sykes
November 12, 2021 9:22 am

When You Summon the Chaos

Plus: Trump defends “Hang Mike Pence.”
Charles Sykes
November 11, 2021 9:41 am

The Tragic Danger of Kyle Rittenhouse

Plus: Some thoughts on “bothsidesism.”
Charles Sykes
November 10, 2021 9:48 am

The 9 Tribes of American Politics

Where do you fit in?
Charles Sykes
November 9, 2021 9:21 am

Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?

Charles Sykes