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About Amy Walter

Amy Walter, Political Analyst
Amy Walter

The former Political Director of ABC News, Amy Walter has made a name for herself as one of the best political journalists covering Washington today. She is the National Editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at

She is a regular on air analyst for a wide range of popular national political shows, including NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, FOX News' FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace; CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley; MSNBC programs (Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Daily Rundown, Hard Ball with Chris Matthews); FOX News shows (On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Special Report with Brett Baier); and PBS Newshour and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.

Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Previous to her time at ABC News, Walter served as Editor-in-Chief of National Journal’s The Hotline where she served as the political publication's primary voice. She provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly column, On the Trail.

In her presentations, Ms. Walter provides a fresh voice in an industry dominated by long-tenured columnists and editorialists. Her reliable and accurate analysis of the national political environment has earned her numerous accolades, including the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Amy Walter takes her audiences on a tour of Washington through the eyes of the new wave of political journalism.

A Multimedia Multitasker. Named one of the top-50 journalists by Washingtonian magazine in 2009, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. A regular panelist on PBS's Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, for which she has also served as a guest host in Ms. Ifil's absence, Ms. Walter has provided political analysis on almost every major political television program, including co-host of ABC News' livestreaming coverage of the 2012 Democratic and Republican conventions and the 2012 Presidential Election, and as a guest on Face the Nation (CBS), Meet the Press (NBC), This Week (ABC), Washington Journal (C-SPAN), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), Newshour (PBS), the Daily Rundown (MSNBC), Andrea Mitchell Reports (MSNBC), and radio programs like The Diane Rehm Show and NPR's All Things Considered. She was a member of CNN's Emmy Award-winning election night team in 2006.

A Voice of Reason. In her first tour at the Cook Political Report from 1997-2007, she earned well-deserved accolades for successfully handicapping U.S. House races, and was frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. During her tenure, she also contributed to National Journal magazine and Congress Daily. She also provided election night analysis for Voter News Service in 1998 and 2000.

Given her extensive experience, Amy Walter speaks with aplomb about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene on the whole. Her astuteness and wit garner her choice platforms and friendly, interested discourse from colleagues with diverse political viewpoints. Being a familiar presence across the media spectrum, and as an academic--having graduated summa cum laude from Colby College, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees, and having served as an adjunct professor at American University--Amy Walter's range of topics and expertise provides an engaging, compelling presentation that keeps audiences riveted.

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