Kari Chisholm

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Kari Chisholm

Kari Chisholm (born July 2, 1973) is a Democratic political consultant based in Portland, Oregon in the United States. His commentary on the Heisman Trophy is regularly sought in sports coverage, and his site StiffArmTrophy.com has correctly predicted the winner of the trophy every year from 2002 to 2012. He is the founder and publisher of BlueOregon, the state's most widely read political blog. He was the longest-running weekly guest on the Portland progressive political talk radio station KPOJ.

Early life and career[edit]

Chisholm is a graduate of Lake Oswego High School and earned a degree in political science from the University of Southern California in 1995. He worked on Darlene Hooley's first Congressional campaign in 1996 and managed David Bragdon's campaign for the Metro Council in 1998. In 1999-2001, Chisholm was the volunteer board chair of X-PAC, a 1000-member nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that sought to build a new generation of political leaders and community activists in Oregon. He is also the former creative director for new media for Lewis & Clark College and is a member of the National Writers Union - UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Carrie Wynkoop, and their son, Jake.[1][2]

Political consulting and commentary[edit]

Chisholm with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Chisholm is the president of Mandate Media, an Internet web site development and political consulting company whose Democratic clients have included U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, and Max Baucus; U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Bill Foster; Governors Ted Kulongoski, John Kitzhaber, and Ted Strickland; and many others.[3]

He is the publisher of BlueOregon, a prominent progressive political blog in Oregon frequently cited in articles on Oregon politics by The Oregonian, the state's largest newspaper.[4][5][6][7] He was also the longest-running[citation needed] weekly guest on Portland talk radio station KPOJ, during its eight-year run as a progressive talk station.[8] When KPOJ flipped to a sports talk format, Chisholm led the "Save KPOJ" movement.[9][10]

College football commentary[edit]

Chisholm is known as a leading commentator[11] on the Heisman Trophy, the award given annually to the most outstanding college football player. On his site, Stiff Arm Trophy, Chisholm has correctly projected the winner of each Heisman contest since 2002. As of 2013, his streak of accurate selection stands at twelve.[12] Chisholm's projections have been referenced on ESPN[13] and in Sports Illustrated,[14][15] and regional and local sports media.


  1. ^ "Our team". Mandate Media. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  2. ^ Mayer, Rebecca (January 22, 2009). "Obama ushers in new era". Lake Oswego Review. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Portfolio & Client List". Mandate Media. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  4. ^ Steves, David (5 November 2006). "Bloggers find new clout in state politics" (Article). News. The Register-Guard. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ Attig, Rick (28 October 2008). "Salmon and dams, open primaries and voters". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ Mapes, Jeff (11 March 2008). "Blue Oregon a little black-and-blue today". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ Attig, Rick (10 September 2008). "Willamette Week piece asserts that Gordon Smith's frozen-food company employs illegal immigrants". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ Archived version of KPOJ program page from January 27, 2012
  9. ^ SaveKPOJ.com (archived version from January 27, 2013)
  10. ^ "Save KPOJ: Over 5000 petition signers, and counting.". BlueOregon. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  11. ^ "The Heisman Forecaster". Wall Street Journal. 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2001-06-25. 
  12. ^ "We did it! Twelve years in a row.". 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  13. ^ Video profile of stiffarmtrophy.com from ESPN
  14. ^ "My toughest Heisman vote ever". Sports Illustrated. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2001-06-25. 
  15. ^ "Voter evolution could deliver closest Heisman finish in history". Sports Illustrated. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2001-06-25. 

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