Bill Whalen

Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism
Biography: 

Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism and a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on campaigns, elections and governance with an emphasis on California and America’s political landscapes.

Whalen writes on politics and current events for Forbes.com. His commentary can also be seen on the opinion pages of the The Washington Post and Real Clear Politics, as well as Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel.

Whalen hosts Hoover’s “Area 45” podcast on politics and policy in the age of the Trump presidency and he serves as one of the moderators of Hoover’s “GoodFellows” broadcast on the social, economic and geopolitical consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Whalen has been a guest political analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN. He’s also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated radio shows hosted by John Batchelor and Lars Larson.

Whalen has served as a media consultant for California political hopefuls and aspiring policy leaders. His past clients have included former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former congressman Tom Campbell and former Los Angeles mayor Richard J. Riordan.

Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Whalen served as chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. In that capacity, he was responsible for the governor's annual State of the State address, as well as other major policy addresses.

Before moving to California, Whalen was a political correspondent for Insight Magazine, the national newsweekly and sister publication of the Washington Times, where he was honored for his profiles and analysis of candidates, campaigns, Congress, and the White House.

In addition to his time in Washington as a political journalist, Whalen served as a speechwriter for the Bush-Quayle reelection campaign and was a senior associate with the public relations firm Robinson-Lake/Sawyer-Miller, offering media and political advice for domestic and foreign clientele.

Whalen currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

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BIll Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Seven “C-Notes” Trump Should Note During Convention Week."

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Bill Whalen: A Look Ahead To The Republican National Convention

interview with Bill Whalenvia KCBS Radio
Monday, August 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen talks about what to expect at the Republican National Convention.

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Seven “C-Notes” Trump Should Note During Convention Week

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Try this for yet another assault upon our democracy: an asteroid predicted to fly close to Earth one day before the November election.

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Bill Whalen: What Biden Didn’t Talk About

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, August 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the Democratic National Convention and what Joe Biden did not talk about.

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Biden’s Speech: Acceptance, Avoidance . . . Clairvoyance?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, August 21, 2020

In becoming the first Democratic nominee since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1994 not to deliver an acceptance speech before a live convention audience, Joe Biden made all sorts of history tonight – in ways he’d rather not recognize.

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GoodFellows: A Little Revolution Now And Then . . .

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Hoover Podcasts
Friday, August 21, 2020

Its virtual national convention now concluded, what is the Democratic Party’s vision? Hoover Institution Senior Fellows Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster and John Cochrane discuss whether the November election will spawn a policy push for the left and how a Biden presidency would balance old-guard liberal governance against a younger generation’s socialist and activist cravings.

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A Little Revolution Now And Then . . .

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Its virtual national convention now concluded, what is the Democratic Party’s vision? Hoover Institution Senior Fellows Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster and John Cochrane discuss whether the November election will spawn a policy push for the left and how a Biden presidency would balance old-guard liberal governance against a younger generation’s socialist and activist cravings.

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For Harris, Green Pastures Beyond The Golden State?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I’ll confess: for over a week now, I feel like I’ve won the lottery—well, at least enough numbers on my ticket to earn a modest reward.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Will A “New” Biden Emerge This Week?"

 
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Will A “New” Biden Emerge This Week?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, August 16, 2020

One issue that’s stuck with Joe Biden over the years: originality. Namely, is there anything about the former senator and vice president — and, in a few days, the Democratic presidential nominee — that smacks of novelty or innovation?

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