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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, 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

July 28, 2020 9:06 pm

Bill Barr Was Worse Than You Thought

The attorney general blustered, fought, and stalled his way through a contentious appearance before Congress.
Charles Sykes
July 27, 2020 5:30 am

Burn It All Down?

The Senate Republicans who protected and enabled Trump have to be held accountable.
Charles Sykes
July 14, 2020 9:17 pm

Elder Abuse at the White House

Tuesday’s Rose Garden press conference was . . . something else.
Charles Sykes
July 1, 2020 6:14 pm

Bolton on Why Trump Likes Putin and Kim: “He Likes Being with the Other Big Guys”

John Bolton talks about the Russian bounties, Mike Pompeo's ambitions, and why Trump gets along so well with authoritarians.
Charles Sykes
June 24, 2020 8:18 pm

Florida’s Idiocracy

Come and witness the wisdom of The People.
Charles Sykes
May 27, 2020 9:41 am

Don’t Blame Twitter

You can't mistake the pus for the infection.
Charles Sykes
May 20, 2020 5:18 am

The Strange Case of Ron Johnson

From champion of the IGs to crocodile tears.
Charles Sykes
May 19, 2020 5:27 am

The Trumpian Doublethink

The president says America is fighting a plague. His son tells Fox that it's all a media hoax. Which is it?
Charles Sykes
April 28, 2020 10:18 am

What Biden Has To Say

Joe Biden, Tara Reade, and double-standards.
Charles Sykes
April 27, 2020 10:51 am

Is Donald Trump Manly?

Perhaps that word does not mean what you think it means . . .
Charles Sykes