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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

May 31, 2019 5:37 am

Henry Olsen says Justin Amash Acts Like a Typical Democrat Because . . .

Welcome to Crazytown, USA.
Charles Sykes
May 29, 2019 9:29 am

Justin Amash Makes the Case

The Trump playbook isn’t working with Justin Amash. He hasn’t been bullied or insulted into submission; the tweets haven’t worked,…
Charles Sykes
May 24, 2019 5:37 am

Did We Learn Anything From Michael Avenatti?

The enemies of your enemy are not always your friends.
Charles Sykes
May 23, 2019 1:03 pm

In Pursuit of Fiscal Unicorns

Pollsters want to know: Would you like to make the world a better place and help plants, animals,…
Charles Sykes
May 21, 2019 11:02 am

The Worst Presidents Club

Does Donald Trump really think it’s a good idea to emulate … James Buchanan?
Charles Sykes
May 14, 2019 5:33 am

What Would Thomas More Do?

The attack on David French once again sheds light on Christian hypocrisy.
Charles Sykes
May 13, 2019 5:28 am

Happy Monday. Everything is Terrible.

A dispatch about the age of grift, meltdowns, and awful politics.
Charles Sykes
May 7, 2019 12:10 pm

Stacey Abrams, Donald Trump, and the Assault on the Democratic Process

Raising doubt in our election system
Charles Sykes
May 6, 2019 3:46 pm

The ‘Very Fine People’ of the Fever Swamps

The president is embracing open white nationalists. How much lower can we go?
Charles Sykes
May 6, 2019 5:46 am

What’s Wrong with Free College?

Spoiler alert: Pretty much everything.
Charles Sykes