"Buchanan and Press” will provide political analysis from both liberal and conservative perspectives.
Buchanan was one of the original hosts on CNN’s “Crossfire,” serving between 1982-1999, with time off to run for president three times. A senior advisor to three American presidents (Nixon, Ford and Reagan) and a presidential candidate himself during the ’92, ’96 and 2000 campaigns, Buchanan is one of the nation’s foremost conservative political figures.
He is a syndicated columnist, a radio commentator and author of several books including his most recent, “The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Our Civilization.”
Buchanan’s professional career began in 1962 when, at age 23, he became the youngest editorial writer for The St. Louis Globe Democrat. In 1966, he began his political career, when he signed on to be the first full-time staff member for Richard Nixon in what turned out to be Nixon’s comeback. Buchanan worked with Nixon during the 1966 and 1968 campaigns, as well as serving as special assistant to the president through the final days of Watergate. Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three American presidents — first Nixon, and then, in 1974, as special assistant to President Gerald Ford; and from 1985-87, he was White House Communications Director for President Ronald Reagan.
Since leaving the White House, Buchanan has become a columnist and commentator on three talk shows: NBC’s “The McLaughlin Group,” CNN’s “Capital Gang,” and CNN’s “Crossfire.” Buchanan has published articles in a wide range of publications, from Human Events and National Review to The Nation and Rolling Stone. He has also published five books, including two bestsellers, “Right from the Beginning” and “A Republic, Not an Empire.” In 1993, Buchanan founded The American Cause, an educational foundation based on the principles of freedom, federalism, limited government, traditional values, and a foreign policy that puts America first.
Buchanan was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University, and received his master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
An investigative reporter and political insider, Bill Press has most recently been a political contributor to CNN, serving from 1996-2002 as a co-host of “Crossfire.” He also co-hosted “The Spin Room” with Tucker Carlson, an interactive politics-driven program that debuted on CNN in December 2000.
Press is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, whose twice-weekly column is syndicated by the Chicago Tribune syndicate. He is also the author of “Spin This!,” an exploration of the culture of spin and its impact on American society, published by Pocket Books (Dec. 2001).
Press has enjoyed a high-profile career in government, politics and broadcasting that has spanned more than two decades. He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993-1996, chief of staff to California State Senator Peter Behr and director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Gov. Jerry Brown. He has also managed several local and state political campaigns.
From 1980-1989, Press served as a political commentator in Los Angeles on KABC-TV, and later on KCOP-TV. In addition, he hosted “Bill Press: True American” and was a regular weekend host on KFI-AM, Southern California’s leading AM radio station. Press has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mic Award. The Associated Press named him “Best Commentator of the Year” in 1992.
Press earned a bachelor of arts degree at Niagara University and an S.T.B. from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.