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Amy Walter

Amy Walter is national editor for The Cook Political Report based in Washington, D.C.

Previously she had been the political director for ABC News.  Based in Washington, DC, Walter oversaw all political coverage on ABCNews.com, including ABC's "The Note." She also guided the planning and editorial content of all political news and provide on-air analysis on ABC News programs, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," ABC News Radio and ABC News Now.

Ms. Walter joined ABC from National Journal's The Hotline, where she was the editor-in-chief and served as the political publication's primary voice. In this role, she provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly NationalJournal.com column, On the Trail. She has also been a regular contributor to PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and provided political analysis on CNN, C-SPAN, CBS' "Face the Nation," NBC's "Meet the Press" and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." She was a member of CNN's Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006.

From 1997 to 2007, she served as the senior editor of The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication, where she earned accolades for successfully handicapping U.S. House races and was frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in the major newspapers around the country. During this time, she also contributed to National Journal magazine and CongressDaily.

Walter was named one of DC's "50 Top Journalists" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with the Washington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She graduated summa cum laude from Colby College.

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  • Cook Political Report
    October 17, 2014
    There’s a very important part of the human brain's wiring that blurs painful events and allows us to move on. It’s how we manage to have multiple children, even though we know the pain of childbirth and 3 a.m. feedings.
  • Cook Political Report
    October 10, 2014
    Earlier this year, I sat down with a smart strategist who has been actively involved in the independent expenditure side of the campaign world for the last couple cycles.
  • Cook Political Report
    October 3, 2014
    Almost anytime I engage in a conversation about 2016 presidential prospects, the first thing that gets brought up is the shortcomings of the potential candidates: Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate,” Rand Paul’s perceived isolationism, Hillary Clinton’s “B
  • The Cook Political Report
    September 26, 2014
    There’s a reason why the people who run campaigns are rarely the people responsible for implementing policy. The job of a campaign operative is to work in absolutes – you win or you lose, there’s no gray area.
  • Cook Political Report
    September 15, 2014
    Back in the 2002 and 2004 elections, we heard a lot about so-called "Security Moms." Once focused almost exclusively on domestic issues like education, crime, and the economy, the priorities of these "Soccer Moms" shifted in the w
  • Cook Political Report
    September 5, 2014
    From the ashes of one election come the sparks for the next. And, while I’m not wishing away 2014, I do think we’ll be spending more time than usual dissecting these midterm results.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 29, 2014
    According to many in the punditocracy, there’s a liberal Democratic revolution bubbling just under the political surface that’s about to explode.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 25, 2014
    For years, conventional wisdom has held that as independent voters go, so goes an election. Win these coveted swing voters - the moderate middle - and you win the election.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 25, 2014
    To understand why Democrats are making such a significant push on the issue of economic equality take a look at this chart below:
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 23, 2014
    Not so long ago, Speaker John Boehner was the leader of an undisciplined, deeply divided majority that seemed bent on self-destruction.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 23, 2014
    As the media landscape has become littered with millions of dollars of outside group attack ads, serious questions have been raised about their effectiveness.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 23, 2014
    Lately, Republicans have been been pretty happy with government. Well, with one agency at least.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 21, 2014
    When it comes to 2016, the media is fixated on Bridge-gate, Benghazi, and Bush (Jeb). Left out of the picture is the man that many assumed would be the frontrunner by now, Sen. Marco Rubio.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 21, 2014
    When discussing Hillary Clinton and her perceived position as a “shoe-in" for the Democratic nomination, someone will invariably chime in "yeah, well she looked like a sure thing in 2008 too, and look what happened there." Even the mos
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 18, 2014
    Among many in the chattering class, Sen. Rand Paul is the GOP frontrunner for president. He’s young. He’s interesting. He’s different. In other words, he’s everything that the last GOP nominee for president wasn’t.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 15, 2014
    Despite a less-than-rosy economy, President Obama won re-election due in large part to the fact that he made the race a referendum on Mitt Romney and his "47 percent" ideology.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 11, 2014
    While most of the focus these days has been on the Tea Party's success in moving the GOP to the right, not enough attention has been paid to the very real possibility of a Democratic contest in 2016 that pushes the nominee too far to the left.
  • The Cook Political Report
    July 11, 2014
    Given that her book tour looked more like a campaign roll-out, it's hard to believe that Hillary Clinton will forgo a run in 2016.