Charles E. Cook, Jr.
Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report,
Columnist for the National Journal
Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” For the Spring semester of 2013, Charlie is serving as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Charlie founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and became a columnist for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, in 1986. In 1998 he moved his column to National Journal. Charlie has served as a political analyst or election night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC News and has been a frequent political analyst for all three major broadcast news networks and has appeared on Meet the Press and This Week.
“There are political junkies, and then there's Charlie Cook — the man who knows more about everything political than anyone else.”
The New York Times has called Charlie “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and has said the Cook Political Report is “a newsletter which both parties regard as authoritative.” The late David Broder wrote in the Washington Post that Charlie was “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called the Cook Political Report, “the bible of the political community.”
"In Washington, where almost everyone has an opinion on every subject, it can be difficult to recognize true expertise. With Charlie Cook, it would be hard not to recognize. He is widely regarded as one of the most astute impartial analysts of the Washington political scene and is one of the nation's leading authorities on U.S. elections...."
Charlie Cook participates in a number of speaking engagements nationwide and is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau.