Charlie Cook

Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report, a political columnist for National Journal Group and a political analyst for NBC News. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading independent and non-partisan 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." In the Spring semester of 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Charlie began writing for National Journal and its sister publication, National Journal Daily, in 1998. Charlie serves as an election night analyst for NBC News and has appeared on Meet the Press and This Week.

Charlie founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and it has become one of the most respected political publications in the country. 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."
Charlie Cook