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Michael Smerconish          

Independent Political Analyst; Host of "The Michael Smerconish Program" on SiriusXM, Host of CNN's "Smerconish"; Newspaper Columnist & Best-Selling Author

Michael Smerconish is a radio and TV host, newspaper columnist, lawyer and author. He is the host of CNN's "Smerconish" program, as well as SiriusXM's "The Michael Smerconish Program." He writes a Sunday column for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

While a full-time student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he ran for the Pennsylvania state legislature, losing the Republican Primary by 419 votes. After losing his primary, Smerconish continued at Penn Law, while working nearly full-time running political campaigns. In 1986, he was responsible for the City of Philadelphia in Senator Arlen Specter’s re-election win.

After graduating from Penn Law, he opened up a title insurance agency with his brother Wally, before being appointed, at age 29, by the administration of President George H.W. Bush to serve as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Regional Administrator for Philadelphia Region III under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp.

After supporting exclusively Republican presidential candidates for three decades, Smerconish publicly broke with the GOP and endorsed Barack Obama for president on October 19, 2008. Since 2010, when Smerconish officially broke rank with the Republican Party, he has identified as an independent.

Speech Topics


Angry Is Over

Michael Smerconish’s daily interaction with his listeners across the country gives him a grassroots perspective on the critical matters facing our country from the state of our economy, the budget deficit, the future of health care and immigration to the divisiveness of political partisanship and civil discourse across the country. Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, he delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today’s issues, the 2016 Presidential election and the possible long-term implications of the polarization in politics over the coming years.

Stuck in the Middle with You: How Did We Get Where We Are (Politically), and What Will It Take to Get Out?

Michael Smerconish’s daily interaction with his listeners across the country gives him a grassroots perspective on the critical matters facing our country from the state of our economy, the budget deficit, the future of health care and immigration to the divisiveness of political partisanship and civil discourse across the country. Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, he delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today’s issues, the 2016 Presidential election and the possible long-term implications of the polarization in politics over the coming years.

News


Michael Smerconish Joins CNN – CNN Press Room - CNN.com Blogs

Michael Smerconish will join CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings from New York, it was announced today by CNN ...

Michael Smerconish Debuts on CNN after Leaving MSNBC

For some time Philly radio host Michael Smerconish has been a fill-in host for Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball, but he never quite fit in at the far left-wing  ...

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