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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

January 17, 2020 9:26 am

Republicans Now Own Impeachment

From here on out, the Republican Senate owns everything we learn about Trump and Ukraine.
Charles Sykes
December 19, 2019 8:40 am

Seven Takeaways from the Impeachment Vote

A few quick takeaways from last night’s vote: 1) Donald J. Trump is not going to like today’s headlines. They…
Charles Sykes
December 16, 2019 9:02 am

Impeach and Withhold

Senate Republicans have said they intend to violate their impeachment-trial oaths. The House shouldn’t let them.
Charles Sykes
December 13, 2019 10:29 am

All Shall Gaze Upon the Future—and Despair

The warning from Britain.
Charles Sykes
December 12, 2019 12:31 pm

Everyone Should Leave Greta Thunberg Alone

Greta . . . And just like that, the lines were drawn. Of course, Donald Trump had to weigh in…
Charles Sykes
December 11, 2019 8:27 am

Two Cheers for the Articles of Impeachment

There are notable virtues to the two articles impeachment rolled out by the Democrats yesterday. They are concise and…
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