Bill Press

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Bill Press
Chair of the California Democratic Party
In office
April 3, 1993 – February 22, 1996
Preceded byPhil Angelides
Succeeded byArt Torres
Personal details
William H. Press

(1940-04-08) April 8, 1940 (age 83)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)Inverness, California, U.S.
EducationSalesianum School
Niagara University (BA)
University of Fribourg (STB)
OccupationTalk radio host, political commentator, author

William H. Press (born April 8, 1940)[1] is an American talk radio host, podcaster, liberal pundit and author.[2] He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996, and is a senior political contributor on CNN.[3] He hosts The Bill Press Pod podcast, and his weekly column is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.[4][5]


Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Delaware City, Delaware,[1][6] Press was educated at Salesianum School, a private Roman Catholic secondary school in Wilmington, in 1958,[7] 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.[8]

Life and career[edit]

Press in 2018

Press is a longtime resident of Inverness, California, having moved there in 1970.[9][10] He resides in Washington, D.C.[11]

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 2012 Florida Republican primary.[12]

In politics[edit]

Press was the chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.[13][14]

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).

Press was an early backer of Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, hosting Sanders and his advisors for strategy sessions at his home before the campaign began.[15]

Radio talk show[edit]

Since September 2005, Press has been hosting a daily liberal talk radio program, The Bill Press Show. 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.[16] 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).[17]


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".[18]


  • Eyewitness : A California Perspective, 1988. ISBN 0-939061-01-5
  • Spin This: All the Ways We Don't Tell the Truth, with a foreword by Bill Maher, 2002. ISBN 0-7434-4267-9
  • Bush Must Go!- The Top Ten Reasons Why George Bush Doesn't Deserve a Second Term, 2004. ISBN 0-525-94840-6
  • How The Republicans Stole Christmas: The Republican Party's Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do to Take it Back, 2005. ISBN 0-385-51605-3
  • How The Republicans Stole Religion: Why the Religious Right is Wrong about Faith & Politics and What We Can Do to Make it Right, Doubleday, 2005. ISBN 978-0-385-51605-1
  • Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon), Wiley, 2008. ISBN 978-0-470-18240-6
  • Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-60629-9.
  • The Obama Hate Machine. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 2012. ISBN 978-0-312-64164-1.
  • Buyer's Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down. New York: Threshold Editions. 2016. ISBN 9781476792613. OCLC 913336872.
  • From the Left: A Life in the Crossfire. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 2018. ISBN 9781250147158.
  • Trump Must Go: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (And One to Keep Him). New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 2018. ISBN 9781250306470.


  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. ^ "Bill Press WSB Exclusive Speaker". Washington Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Bill Press articles". Tribune Content Agency. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Bill Press Pods - Home". Bill Press Pods. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  6. ^ Deitz, Corey. "A Profile of Radio Personality Bill Press". Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Campaign Leadership". Salesianum School. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Bill Press". Tribune Content Agency. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. ^ PROFILE / Bill Press / Washington pundit repairs to Marin for dose of reality / Press cherishes Inverness home Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  10. ^ Bill Press | Point Reyes Books Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  11. ^ "Bill Press". Graduate School of Political Management. George Washington University. Archived from the original on 25 July 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  12. ^ Tommy Christopher (January 31, 2012). "Bill Press Hosts Current TV's Florida Primary Coverage On Countdown". Mediaite. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Decker, Cathleen (February 23, 1996). "Press Quits as State Democrat Party Head". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  15. ^ "Inside Bernie's Wild Ride". Politico. March 2016.
  16. ^ David Lieberman (March 5, 2012). "Current TV To Enter AM News Competition With Radio's Bill Press And Stephanie Miller". Deadline New York.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Nick (January 11, 2017). "A Progressive Talk Station Goes Off Air. No, It's Not A Conspiracy". Ithaca Times. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  18. ^ Press, Bill. "Confessions of a former celibate". Tribune Media Services. Archived from the original on December 20, 2003.

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