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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As California Mulls Classroom Reopenings, Are Politicians Getting Schooled By Unions?

by Bill Whalen cited Scott W. Atlasvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

I was on a family vacation last week at a South Carolina beach town, which is why I didn’t post a California-centric column in this space.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

When Did This Presidential Race Become So . . . Dull?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lest you think that a day can’t go by without President Trump being on the receiving end of media heat, we now have the Washington press corps tearing into Trump for turning a Tuesday White House Rose Garden ceremony into a political attack against his likely November opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Is America Ready For A President Paltrow? “The Politician” Sure Seems To Think So

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, July 5, 2020

If you’re a fan of the Netflix series The Politician and have yet to binge-watch the second season, please don’t read any further as I’m about to reveal some plot-spoilers.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

As July 4th Approaches, Does California Freedom Have A Hollow Ring?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As circumstance would have it, for the second consecutive year this column precedes America’s Fourth of July weekend. As such, it seems like the proper moment to discuss California and liberty.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Now That Woodrow Must Go, Here’s Princeton’s Replacement."

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Now That Woodrow Must Go, Here’s Princeton’s Replacement

by Bill Whalen featuring George P. Shultzvia Forbes
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thanks to this summer’s surge in political correctness, “Old Nassau” has revisited an old problem: what do with the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States and, from 1902-1910, Princeton University’s 13th president.

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Do California’s Future Travel Plans Include Planes, Trains . . . And More Automobiles?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

There’s plenty to observe in California these days.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Win Or Lose This Fall, Will It Be Four More Years Of A Trump . . . Obsession?"

Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Petty Grievance? It’s The Same Old Song

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, June 22, 2020

A few things we can expect in most any presidential election.

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Win Or Lose This Fall, Will It Be Four More Years Of A Trump . . . Obsession?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The calendar says that only 137 days remain until Election Day, so why not talk about the next presidential referendum after that, given that at least one party should be looking for a new standard-bearer come November 2024 (and maybe both parties, depending on what the future holds for Joe Biden)?

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