Amy Walter

A political bluster-buster

GAC keynoter Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful Capitol Hill analyst.

January 19, 2018

Over the past 19 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with exceptional access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

On Wedneday, Feb. 27, she'll deliver a keynote address at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference, offering astute observations about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her presentations take audiences on an insider’s tour of D.C. through the eyes of a woman with her finger on the pulse of politics.

The national editor of the Cook Political Report, Walter is a regular panelist on many of the premier political shows on network television, including "Meet the Press" on NBC, "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Fox News, and "Face the Nation" on CBS. She provides weekly analysis for the "PBS NewsHour."

“Her work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike,” says Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report. “She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth—and explain—what really matters in a political arena. And she has a proven track record of success, which is essential for those whose jobs depend on accurate political forecasting.”

Walter has provided election night coverage and analysis since 1998, and was a member of CNN’s Emmy Award-winning election night team in 2006.

As the former political director of ABC News, she guided the editorial content of all political news and provided on-air analysis, serving as co-host of 2012 election night coverage.

Before ABC, Walter worked as editor in chief of The Hotline, a daily briefing on American politics. She served as the political publication’s primary voice for three years while providing analysis in her weekly National Journal column.

Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run.

She also won the The Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions, and has been frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.