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Charlie 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 Charlie Sykes (page 1)

April 2, 2024 5:30 pm

Do They Know How Nutty RFK, Jr Is?

Mona and A.B. dissect a WSJ piece trivializing the Trump threat; consider the RFK, Jr appeal, and contemplate the “Start…

Charlie Sykes
March 26, 2024 5:36 pm

Baltimore’s Bridge Disaster is Biden’s Opportunity

Will and Mona think the Baltimore bridge collapse is an opportunity for Biden, and why Ronna McDaniel’s hire is such…

Charlie Sykes
March 19, 2024 5:30 pm

Props to Mike Pence

JVL and Mona discuss the second best thing Mike Pence did by declining to endorse Trump. Also reflections on the…

Charlie Sykes
March 12, 2024 5:36 pm

GOP Oversold the Biden Is Old Meme

A.B. and Mona discuss the purge at the RNC, kicking a Biden effigy in Kansas, Lankford, and other cult doings.…

Charlie Sykes
March 5, 2024 5:28 pm

Lame Ponies

Will Saletan and Mona Charen are pretty spooked by weekend polls but try valiantly to find ponies. Also, what to…

Charlie Sykes
February 27, 2024 5:30 pm

The Fever Swamps are in Charge

Mona and JVL discuss the impact of Arab American voters in Michigan possibly voting uncommitted; how Biden should handle the…

Charlie Sykes
February 20, 2024 5:30 pm

Biden Can’t Avoid Gaffes. He Shouldn’t Try.

A.B. Stoddard joins Mona Charen to discuss Yulia Navalnaya’s amazing courage, Mike Johnson’s trap, and how Biden can beat the…

Charlie Sykes
February 16, 2024 1:05 pm

Putin’s Latest Victim

Benjamin Parker joins Mona Charen to talk about the death (really, slow-motion murder) of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, what…

Charlie Sykes
February 13, 2024 6:03 pm

Trump Is Actually a Weakling

Will Saletan joins Mona Charen to discuss Trump’s “sir” story about letting Russia invade a NATO country; the Ukraine aid…

Charlie Sykes
February 9, 2024 3:47 pm

David French and Bill Kristol: The Age Thing

The special counsel’s report on Biden’s docs—and a gaffe about Mexico—have placed Joe’s age and memory front and center in…
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