Charlie Cook

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Biography

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.

Cook is Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM. He is also an analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on Inside Politics. As one of the most sought-after political experts, Charlie has appeared on all the major network news shows, including NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week and Nightline, CBS' Evening News with Dan Rather and PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Before joining the National Journal Group in June 1998, Cook wrote a twice-weekly column in Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, for twelve years. He also served as an election night analyst for CBS in 1990 and 1992, and for NBC in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.

The New York Times has called Cook, "one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and noted that The Cook Political Report is "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative." The Wall Street Journal's Al Hunt has called Cook "the Picasso of election analysis," while David Broder of The Washington Post has written that Charlie Cook is "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races."

As one of the most popular political speakers, Cook addresses dozens of national and regional associations and corporate clients each year. Using his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, memorable stories, quick wit and important insights, he crafts speeches to provide his audiences with timely information about the changing political climate.

Cook's speaking topics include a broad overview of upcoming elections, Congress' agendas, and insights on policy-making in Washington. In a balanced manner, he will give your audience the concrete information they need to hear about today's political and legislative environments.

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