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Charles Sykes

Charlie Sykes is the editor-in-chief 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, Time.com, 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

February 18, 2019 12:23 pm

Jussie Smollett and the Perils of Greater Wokeness

You’d think partisans would have learned their lesson by now.
Charles Sykes
February 11, 2019 3:31 am

Lots of People Had a Worse Week Than Howard Schultz

Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... just to name a few.
Charles Sykes
February 7, 2019 10:43 am

The Foxconn Boondoggle Was Even Worse Than We Thought

Corporate welfare is almost always a bad idea.
Charles Sykes
February 4, 2019 11:37 am

What If It Were Trump in Blackface?

A mental exercise for our times.
Charles Sykes
February 4, 2019 4:01 am

Conservatives Need to Love the Filibuster Again

It matters. It really does.
Charles Sykes
January 27, 2019 6:07 am

Who Thought the Shutdown Was a Good Idea?

Trump's shutdown disaster has many fathers.
Charles Sykes
January 23, 2019 12:25 pm

Four Lessons From the Covington Kids Kerfuffle

Don’t tweet, and other useful tips.
Charles Sykes
January 21, 2019 4:36 am

The Media’s Prime Directive

Buzzfeed, the media, and the Age of Trump.
Charles Sykes
January 16, 2019 11:48 am

When It Comes to Trump and Russia, Should We Apply Hanlon’s Razor or Occam’s?

It’s getting harder to believe that this can be explained by stupidity rather than malice.
Charles Sykes
January 14, 2019 7:02 am

Be Careful What You Wish For

If Trump uses emergency powers to build The Wall, it will unlock a Pandora's Box of executive branch mischief.
Charles Sykes