Ralph J. Begleiter (born 1949 in New York City) is an American journalist and educator who teaches courses in communication, political science and journalism at the University of Delaware. He holds an Honors B.A. in political science from Brown University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He is Director of the university's Center for Political Communication, hosts the TV series Great Decisions, broadcast on many PBS stations, and worked for two decades in CNN's Washington bureau as its world affairs correspondent.