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 is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and writes on politics and current events for Forbes.com. His commentary can also be seen on the opinion pages of the Wall Street JournalReal Clear Politics, Los Angeles Times and the Fox News’ website.

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, Larry Kudlow, Lars Larson and the Bay Area’s Michael Krasny.

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. During those years, Whalen also appeared frequently on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and CNBC.

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, May 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Joe Biden's run for the presidency.

Democrat's Donkey
Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen talks about why Democrats fail to plan for the Senate 2020.

Analysis and Commentary

Jerry Brown’s Wisdom And Oratory Still Needed In Sacramento

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacramento Bee
Monday, May 20, 2019

An oddity in the long history of commencement addresses at California universities: a dearth of sitting California governors doing the talking.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democratic Field Keeps Expanding; A Takeover Of the Senate, Not So Much

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, May 16, 2019
I won’t take up much of this space talking about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential prospects, now that he’s formally joined the crowded Democratic field.
HousingAnalysis and Commentary

Why California May Be The Cure For What Ails Harry And Meghan

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 16, 2019

This December marks 52 years since a British queen made Southern California her new home—not an actual monarch, mind you, but the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary that remains to this day a tourist attraction in Long Beach.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "For Harris and O'Rourke, Can Two "Dream" Candidates Reawaken Voters?"

Analysis and Commentary

For Harris And O'Rourke, Can Two "Dream" Candidates Reawaken Voters?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Three months ago, if you’d have asked me to gin up a presidential ticket that made progressive hearts go pit-a-pat, I’d have suggested a two-person luge of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Bill Whalen: Elizabeth Warren Vs Joe Biden & Bernie Sanders At The Early Debates

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "She Dominates The Democrats' Issues Debate, But When Does Warren Have Her "Moment"?"

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

The Two California Democrats Running For President: Evidence That Not All Campaigns Are Created Equally

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 9, 2019

What to make of last week’s report that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio soon will enter the Democratic presidential field?

Analysis and Commentary

She Dominates The Democrats' Issues Debate, But When Does Warren Have Her "Moment"?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday’s Hill HarrisX poll contains banner news for former Vice President Joe Biden: a 32-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it’s the second tier of Democrats that merits a closer look.

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