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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

September 15, 2020 10:04 am

All The President’s Nuts

"Well, I don't think the science knows actually." -- Donald J. Trump
Charles Sykes
September 14, 2020 10:08 am

Some Things Matter, After All

Countdown Journal: 49 Days To Go
Charles Sykes
September 4, 2020 10:59 am

Losers versus Winners, Suckers versus Killers

This is how Donald Trump views the world.
Charles Sykes
September 3, 2020 11:26 am

Takeaways From One of the Biggest Polling Days of the Year

At the moment when he should be trying to expand his appeal to other groups in the electorate, Trump is trapped by his base in a mutual feedback loop that increasingly looks like a death spiral.
Charles Sykes
September 2, 2020 3:39 pm

Trump Does Kenosha

Pauline Kael. The name I was trying to think of yesterday’s podcast was Pauline Kael, the New York…
Charles Sykes
September 1, 2020 9:58 am

The Essence of Late Stage Trumpism

"People that you’ve never heard of. People that are in the dark shadows. People that…" - Donald J. Trump, the actual president of the United States.
Charles Sykes
August 31, 2020 11:06 am

Trump’s Season Of Chaos

August is finally done and I find myself trying to look forward to the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness/…
Charles Sykes
August 28, 2020 11:02 am

We’re Not All In This Together, Are We?

“Social media polarizes our politics by allowing us all—no matter how wrong we are about a political issue—to find a large, enthusiastic group of people who are even wronger.” –P.J. O’Rourke
Charles Sykes
August 27, 2020 1:03 pm

America’s Dark Moment

Countdown Journal: 67 Days To Go
Charles Sykes
August 26, 2020 11:05 am

A Convention Reality Check

It is what it is.
Charles Sykes