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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

March 29, 2020 5:34 am

A Tale From Wisconsin

A parable about Trump, his people, and the virus.
Charles Sykes
March 24, 2020 5:18 am

Trump’s Next Pivot Will Leave Us More Divided Than Ever

It's coming.
Charles Sykes
February 27, 2020 6:56 am

Bernie’s Trillions

Are Democrats going to nominate a guy whose big plan is something so financially ridiculous that everyone already knows it can't happen?
Charles Sykes
February 20, 2020 11:04 am

The SMOD Debate

It could have been worse. Just kidding.
Charles Sykes
February 13, 2020 12:42 pm

Time for #NeverBernie?

I woke up this morning wondering whether it’s time to unfurl the #NeverBernie banner. There is no legitimate conservative case…
Charles Sykes
February 11, 2020 9:02 am

Inside the Trump Bubble

A view from inside the silo.
Charles Sykes
February 7, 2020 5:09 am

The Gospel According to Mad King Donald

Thursday's outbursts didn't teach us much about Donald Trump. But they taught us a lot about the Republican party.
Charles Sykes
February 5, 2020 7:57 pm

Romney: One Man Alone

One and God make a majority.
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