Morton Kondracke        

Contributing Editor, Roll Call and Commentator, FOX News

A journalist for more than 30 years, 25 of them in Washington, Morton Kondracke has covered nearly every phase of American politics and foreign policy, and has done so in newspapers and magazines, on TV and radio.

As a regular since 1982 on "The McLaughlin Group", the nation's most raucous, penetrating and highly-rated public affairs show, seen on 350 stations nationwide, Kondracke has become a public icon for his role as one of the show's combative and outspoken panelists.

He can also be seen regularly as a commentator on the Fox News Channel and as host of the PBS documentary series "National Desk". From 1984-1988 he was a frequent panelist on "This Week with David Brinkley", and has also appeared as a panelist on "Meet the Press", "Crossfire", "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and "Voice of America". Since 1991 he has served as executive editor of "Roll Call", Capitol Hill's feisty independent newspaper. Roll Call carries as one of its features "Pennsylvania Avenue," Kondracke's twice-weekly column on national politics, White House-Congressional relations, and domestic and foreign policy. The column is syndicated nationally to 400 newspapers.

Kondracke's political writings have gained a wide following based on the articles he has penned for such publications as "The New York Times", "The Economist", "Washingtonian", "The Weekly Standard", and "The Wall Street Journal". His political commentary could also be heard over the airwaves during the ten years he was a commentator for National Public Radio.

Kondracke enjoyed a long career with "The New Republic" as both an executive and senior editor. His articles and editorials on foreign and domestic affairs, as well as his "White House Watch" column, drew considerable praise and notice. He began his career as a correspondent for "The Chicago Sun-Times" in 1963. During his 15-year career there, he manned the Washington Bureau and served as White House Correspondent.

Outside of his work as a journalist, Kondracke sits on the board of the Parkinson's Action Network and of Freedom House. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960 and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University from 1973 to 1974.

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A View From Washington

Mort Kondracke gives an up-to-the-minute look at American politics and foreign policy. As a Washington journalist since the early '60s, Mort's observations and amusing anecdotes have the weight of his considerable experience. He'll tell you what's going on in Washington, how the Obama Administration and Congress are doing and what it all means. On request he will address your organization's legislative prospects.

Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson's Disease

In this inspiring and informative presentation based on his The New York Times best seller of the same name, Mort Kondracke gives audiences a glimpse into a side of American life that is usually left behind closed doors. He shares the story of his own familys struggle with Parkinsons disease - a debilitating condition that struck his wife in her middle years. Kondracke describes his transformation from careerist to caregiver and disease activist, and explores the realities of "disease politics" in the campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's and other diseases. He also discusses the need for the U.S. government to re-double its minuscule investment in medical research.

America's Health Agenda

Mort Kondracke has a special interest and indepth knowledge about the condition of health care in the United States. He discusses why health care should remain at the top of the national agenda, while exploring: health policy, cost containment, Medicare prescription drugs and other issues that are relevant to your audience.

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Fox News Commentator Morton Kondracke to Keynote 2007 PIA Federal Legislative Summit

Veteran journalist and commentator Morton M. Kondracke will deliver the keynote address during the 2007 Federal Legislative Summit held March 28-29 in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA).

Kondracke on Kemp

Journalist, political commentator, and Kemp biographer Morton Kondracke will speak on “Jack Kemp and the Future of the Republican Party” on Monday, February 11 as Occidental College’s first Kemp Scholar.

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