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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

August 22, 2019 11:16 am

There Is No Method To His Madness

There's no 4-D chess involved when tossing around anti-Semitic tropes and casual blasphemy.
Charles Sykes
August 21, 2019 11:25 am

Who Had ‘War With Denmark’ on Their Trump Bingo Card?

Oddly enough? Ted Cruz.
Charles Sykes
August 19, 2019 10:39 am

The Problem With Miftah

Praising suicide bombers and pushing blood libel is not “criticizing Israeli policy.”
Charles Sykes
August 9, 2019 11:58 am

The Denialists

It takes a lot of work to try to exonerate the president’s fomenting of racist violence, but Trump fans are giving it their all.
Charles Sykes
August 8, 2019 10:46 am

The Right’s Continuing Glorification of Violence

The warning signs have been there. We shouldn’t be surprised.
Charles Sykes
August 6, 2019 9:56 am

Trump’s Empty “Words”

He spoke some words others wrote. Did he convince anyone of his sincerity?
Charles Sykes
July 15, 2019 8:22 am

The Method Behind Trump’s Racism

It works as long as no Republicans speak out against him.
Charles Sykes
July 12, 2019 10:15 am

Paul Ryan’s Way-Too-Belated Confession

From the comfort of retirement, the former speaker remembers that he really didn’t like Trump after all.
Charles Sykes
July 2, 2019 12:25 pm

Whose Flag Is It Anyway?

It’s ours. All of ours.
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