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Amy Walter

National Editor, The Cook Political Report

Amy Walter 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

Over the past 14 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. She joins The Cook Political Report after a successful stint as Political Director of ABC News. Before ABC, 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.

This is Amy's second tour of duty with The Cook Political Report. From 1997 to 2007, she served as Senior Editor where she covered the U.S. House.

A regular panelist on PBS's "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill," Ms. Walter has provided political analysis on almost every major political television program. She was a member of CNN's Emmy Award-winning election night team in 2006.

Walter was named one of DC's "50 Top Journalists" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with theWashington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College where she graduated summa cum laude.

Latest From Amy Walter

Episode 10: Religion, Minorities, and the Expanding Republican Contest

Tim and Shane are joined by special guest host Amy Walter, National Editor of the Cook Political Report, to discuss the recent law signed in Indiana by Mike Pence, and how it's already affecting t...

For Congressional Dems, Time Is Almost Up

For months now, the alarm bells have been sounding for President Obama . First there was the drop in support among independents. Then his precipitous drop in support among white voters. Now comes...

So Twitter Isn't The Death Of Journalism

This was supposed to be a column about how much I detested Twitter. How it's responsible for the death of thoughtful journalism and it's a celebration of our ADD culture.

Senate Race Rankings: Not So Fast, Democrats

Updated at 7:56 a.m. on June 15 .

How Did Lincoln Pull It Off?

Of all the big primary votes Tuesday, the biggest surprise was Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln 's win in Arkansas. What happened, and why was the conventional wisdom so wrong?

The Crosswind Election

In cycling, it's pretty obvious when you're being pushed along by the unseen hand of a tailwind. It's also clear, and painful, when you're laboring in a headwind; every pedal stroke is a battle. B...

Democrats' Special Election Conundrum

Upcoming special elections for Democratic-held seats in Pennsylvania-12 (May 18) and Hawaii-01 (May 22) are giving us some insight into the House race landscape heading into the fall.

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