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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

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February 2, 2006     Photos

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and Congress Daily AM. He also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a political analyst for NBC News. Widely regarded as one of the nations leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends, Charlie has appeared on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs, as well as on Good Morning America, the "Today Show," Nightline, "Meet the Press with Tim Russert," and This Week. He has also appeared on MSNBC, C-Span, CNN and National Public Radio. Before joining the National Journal Group in June of 1998, Charlie wrote for 12 years a twice-weekly column in Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill. Charlie also served as an election night analyst for CBS in 1990 and 1992, and for NBC in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. 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." Charlie lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Lucy and three children, Rebecca, David and Jeffrey.