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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

December 6, 2019 9:49 am

Trump Is Obstructing Justice. And It’s Working.

In laying out the case against Donald Trump, the House Intelligence Committee noted that Trump “is the first President…
Charles Sykes
November 21, 2019 10:16 am

No Mystery

Republicans aren't being moved by Sondland's testimony because they already know what happened.
Charles Sykes
November 14, 2019 9:22 am

10 Takeaways From Day One of Impeachment

After weeks of Republican complaints about the secret “Soviet-style” hearings, there was something deliciously ironic about watching Devin Nunes pivoting…
Charles Sykes
November 8, 2019 10:47 am

Mike Bloomberg Should Go Away

Democrats woke up Friday morning with a development that pretty much nobody asked for: Michael Bloomberg’s apparent entry into the…
Charles Sykes
November 4, 2019 9:37 am

Beto and the Danger of Bubbles

I’m going to avoid overwrought Icarus metaphors about Beto O’Rourke, but they are tempting, because the collapse of his presidential…
Charles Sykes
October 30, 2019 5:30 am

In Praise of Sean Duffy

No, really.
Charles Sykes
October 25, 2019 10:33 am

Mark Zuckerberg Won’t Save Us 

Mark Zuckerberg worries about the “erosion of truth.” He wants us to know that he worries about it “deeply,”…
Charles Sykes
October 24, 2019 5:44 am

Donald Trump Has Made Russia Great Again

Let’s step back from the on-rush of this amazing news cycle for just a moment, shall we? As Donald Trump…
Charles Sykes
October 7, 2019 7:25 am

Romney Alone. Again.

On June 1, 1950, freshman Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Republican from Maine, took to the Senate floor to deliver what…
Charles Sykes
October 2, 2019 7:55 am

Kamala’s Awful Idea

You can't cancel the presidency.
Charles Sykes