FALL 2012



The Media and the Campaign

Amy Walter is one of the nation’s most respected political journalists. She is Political Director for ABC News, based in Washington. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, and provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly NationalJournal.com column, On the Trail. From 1997 to 2007, she was senior editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

As Political Director of ABC News, Walter oversees all political coverage on ABCNews.com, including ABC’s daily political tip sheet "The Note." She also guides the planning and editorial content of all political news and provides on-air analysis on World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. She was the editor-in-chief of The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. Her analysis of the national political environment has earned her numerous accolades, including the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award.

Named one of the top-50 journalists by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. She previously appeared on CNN as a political analyst and has served as a panelist and commentator on Face the Nation (CBS). She has also appeared on Meet the Press (NBC), Washington Journal (C-SPAN), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), and The Early Show (CBS). She provided election night analysis for The NewsHour in 2008, commentary for CNN in 2002 and 2004, and was a member of CNN’s Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006.

Walter provided election night analysis for Voter News Service in 1998 and 2000. In 2007, she concluded a decade as a senior editor of the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication renowned for providing some of the nation's most respected and intuitive political analysis. There, she earned accolades for handicapping U.S. House races, and was frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. She also contributed to National Journal magazine and Congress Daily.

She graduated summa cum laude from Colby College and has served as an adjunct professor at American University.