Charlie Cook

Editor and Publisher, Cook Political Report and Political Analyst, National Journal Group

Charlie Cook is the Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group.

In 1984, Cook founded the independent, non-partisan The Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that The New York Times once said was, “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it, “the bible of the political community.” Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.” The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered ‘the Dean’ of the Washington press corps, once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.”

Cook has appeared frequently on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and ABC’s This Week. Since the 1990s, he has appeared more than a dozen times on NBC’s Meet the Press. Throughout the years, Cook has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC and, since 1996, on NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in New York.

In 2010, Cook was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor, “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2013, Cook served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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