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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

October 7, 2019 7:25 am

Romney Alone. Again.

On June 1, 1950, freshman Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Republican from Maine, took to the Senate floor to deliver what…
Charles Sykes
October 2, 2019 7:55 am

Kamala’s Awful Idea

You can't cancel the presidency.
Charles Sykes
September 25, 2019 1:15 pm

How to Do Impeachment Right (And How the Dems Could Blow It)

Donald Trump woke up Wednesday morning knowing that he is now likely to be the third president in American history…
Charles Sykes
September 23, 2019 5:45 am

The Trump-Ukraine Story is a Stress Test

Five systems are being tested. None of them look ready.
Charles Sykes
September 16, 2019 10:37 am

The Politics of Bullshit

Beto O'Rourke gives naiveté a bad name.
Charles Sykes
September 10, 2019 10:31 am

Is Carly Fiorina Running?

Her people say she’s not, but it would make things interesting.
Charles Sykes
September 5, 2019 11:15 am

A GOP Spat in Wisconsin

Jim Sensenbrenner might be retiring, but he’s still plenty influential in his home state. Just ask Scott Walker.
Charles Sykes
September 3, 2019 10:49 am

The Problem With Joe Walsh

The enemy of my enemy can be a friend. That doesn’t mean he should run for president.
Charles Sykes
August 30, 2019 11:15 am

The Liberals Who Cried Wolf

It's almost like there's a pattern or something.
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