Bill Whalen

Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Distinguished Policy Fellow in Journalism
Biography: 

Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Distinguished Policy 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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GoodFellows: Question Time!

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

In this week’s episode, we dove into our mailbag of viewers’ letters. The end result: Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane answering 15 questions on a variety of subjects: the threat of hostilities between China and Taiwan; the potential effect of Scottish independence on the future of corporate woke politics; alternate versions of higher learning; how to re-instill youthful optimism in America; plus what books the three “GoodFellows” recommend.

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Question Time!

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

In this week’s episode, we dove into our mailbag of viewers’ letters. The end result: Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane answering 15 questions on a variety of subjects: the threat of hostilities between China and Taiwan; the potential effect of Scottish independence on the future of corporate woke politics; alternate versions of higher learning; how to re-instill youthful optimism in America; plus what books the three “GoodFellows” recommend.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: An Immigration War Without End

interview with Clint Bolick, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Why immigration reform remains elusive and what fixes are most sensible.

EconomyAnalysis and Commentary

California’s Happy Meal Refund

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

If you’ve given thought to your California state taxes (Sacramento having postponed this year’s filing deadline to May 17), I have good news to report: there might a refund coming your way, later this year.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Scheming

interview with Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, April 5, 2021

What lies ahead for America’s most populous state, including an economic surge and a possible gubernatorial recall election this fall.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses whether California's supply and technology can keep up with vaccine eligibility.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his California on Your Mind article "Could California’s “87 Club” Solve The Immigration Impasse?"

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Could California’s “87 Club” Solve The Immigration Impasse?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Over the course of a rather eventful March in California—more COVID vaccinations are on the way as eligibility expands, we’ve been promised; the two Los Angeles universities went further than expected in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament—here’s something you might have missed: the 87th birthday of Willie Brown, aka “the ayatollah of the Assembly” for his one-man domination of the State Assembly as that chamber’s Speaker for two decades, ending in the mid-1990s.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Joe Biden: “The New FDR” Or “Sander-Plus”?

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The similarities and differences between what Franklin Roosevelt set in motion in the 1930’s and what the Biden Administration is pursuing at present.

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GoodFellows: The Great Awokening With Bari Weiss

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bari Weiss, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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What does the future hold for the workplace and institutions of learning when diversity of thought prompts cancel-culture condemnation, ridicule, and ouster? Journalist, author, and Substack Common Sense writer Bari Weiss joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane for a conversation about a changed world in which, she warns, “curiosity is a liability.”

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