Bill Press

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Bill Press
Bill Press in 2011.jpg
Chairman of the California Democratic Party
In office
April 3, 1993 – February 22, 1996
Preceded by Phil Angelides
Succeeded by Arthur Torres
Personal details
Born William H. Press
(1940-04-08) April 8, 1940 (age 78)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Occupation Talk radio host, political commentator, author

William H. Press (born April 8, 1940)[1] is an American talk radio host, liberal political commentator, and author.[2] He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996, and is a regular CNN political contributor.[citation needed]


Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Delaware City, Delaware,[1][3] Press was educated at Salesianum School, a private Roman Catholic secondary school in Wilmington, in 1958,[4] followed by Niagara University from which he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and the University of Fribourg in which he gained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Press is a long-time resident of Inverness, California having moved there in 1970.[6][7]

Press started his broadcasting career in Los Angeles for TV stations KABC-TV and KCOP-TV. He has worked as a political commentator for CNN and MSNBC. He is best known for co-hosting CNN's Spin Room opposite Tucker Carlson, and Crossfire and MSNBC's Buchanan and Press.

Since May 2005, Press has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. He also contributes blogs to The Hill. In January 2012, Press filled in for Keith Olbermann on Current TV's coverage of the Florida GOP primary elections.[8]

In politics[edit]

Press was the chairman of the California Democratic Party (1993-96).[9]

He previously served in different appointed positions such as a chief of staff to Republican California State Senator Peter Behr (1971–73), and as director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Democratic Governor Jerry Brown (1975-79). On February 22, 1996, he resigned from the California Democratic Party and was succeeded by former Assembly member Arthur Torres.[10]

Radio talk show[edit]

Since September 2005, Press has been hosting a daily liberal talk radio program, The Bill Press Show, which has been part of The Young Turks Network since 2016.[11] It is heard on satellite radio, streamed live from the show's website, and available from the show's YouTube channel.

It was formerly broadcast on terrestrial radio affiliates in the United States live from 6-9 AM ET. Originally syndicated by Jones Radio, the radio show was syndicated by Dial Global until 2017. On March 5, 2012, the show was announced to be simulcast on Current TV alongside The Stephanie Miller Show as part of morning programming.[12] As a result of Current TV becoming Al Jazeera America, The Bill Press Show moved to Free Speech TV, where it stayed until its move to The Young Turks Network in 2016. As part of the move to the Turks, terrestrial syndication of the program was dropped in January 2017 (except for WCPT-AM Chicago).[13]


Press was steeped in Catholicism from an early age. He was an altar boy and took vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. He describes his young self as a "soldier in God's army".[14]



  1. ^ a b Lindsay, Greg (July 20, 2004). "So What Do You Do, Bill Press?". Media Bistro. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Press, Bill (June 3, 1993). "Shame, Shame on the 2-Faced State GOP : Riordan's friends, once fighters for the right to endorse in nonpartisan contests, get a court to muzzle Democrats for Woo". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Deitz, Corey. "A Profile of Radio Personality Bill Press". Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Campaign Leadership". Salesianum School. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bill Press". Tribune Media Services. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ PROFILE / Bill Press / Washington pundit repairs to Marin for dose of reality / Press cherishes Inverness home Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  7. ^ Bill Press | Point Reyes Books Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  8. ^ Tommy Christopher (January 31, 2012). "Bill Press Hosts Current TV's Florida Primary Coverage On Countdown". Mediaite. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Stall, Bill; Decker, Cathleen (April 4, 1993). "Youth Movement Stirs Up State Democratic Party: Convention: Commentator Bill Press of Los Angeles is elected new chairman". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Decker, Cathleen (February 23, 1996). "Press Quits as State Democrat Party Head". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
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  12. ^ David Lieberman (March 5, 2012). "Current TV To Enter AM News Competition With Radio's Bill Press And Stephanie Miller". Deadline New York. 
  13. ^ Reynolds, Nick (January 11, 2017). "A Progressive Talk Station Goes Off Air. No, It's Not A Conspiracy". Ithaca Times. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ Press, Bill. "Confessions of a former celibate". Tribune Media Services. Archived from the original on December 20, 2003. 

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