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Morton Kondracke has been a journalist for more than 40 years, 35 of which he spent in Washington. He has covered nearly every phase of American politics and foreign policy in that time in nearly every news media there is: through newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Using humor, insight and his own personal experiences, Kondracke addresses current politics, Washington controversies, upcoming elections and the Congressional agenda.

He is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel, seen nightly as a panelist on Special Report with Brit Hume and weekly as co-host of The Beltway Boys. He is a former panelist on The McLaughlin Group, as an “original” and 16-year regular of the NBC/PBS public affairs show, airing on 350 stations nationwide. He has been an occasional panelist for This Week with David Brinkley, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS′ Face the Nation, CNN′s Crossfire, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Voice of America. He was a commentator for All Things Considered and Communique, as well as a talk-show host for WRC-AM.

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    A journalist for more than 40 years, 35 of them in Washington, Morton Kondracke has covered nearly every phase of American politics and foreign policy, and has done so in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio. He is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel, seen nightly as a Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Brit Hume and weekly as co-host of The Beltway Boys. He is the Executive Editor and Columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill′s feisty, independent newspaper which is released four times a week.

    Morton Kondracke is also a former panelist on The McLaughlin Group, an “original” and 16-year regular on the NBC/PBS public affairs show, seen on 350 stations nationwide. He is the author of Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson′s Disease published in 2002. In November 1994, Morton Kondracke won the Washington Post′s coveted Crystal Ball Award as the only journalist to predict the Republican Congressional landslide. In November 1996, he was first runner-up for this honor.

    Since November 1991, Kondracke has written “Pennsylvania Avenue”, a twice-weekly column on national politics, White House-Congressional relations, and domestic and foreign policy issues. It is syndicated nationally to 400 newspapers through United Features Syndicate and Newspaper Enterprise Association. Some of Morton Kondracke′s past experiences include: Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek; Executive Editor for The New Republic; panelist, This Week with David Brinkley; columnist, United Features Syndicate; columnist, The Wall Street Journal (monthly, December, 1984 – March, 1988); panelist, 1984 Reagan-Mondale debate on foreign policy; White House correspondent for the Chicago Sun Times; moderator, American Interests (a former PBS foreign policy series); commentator, All Things Considered and Communique; talk show host, WRC-AM; and contributor, The Economist of London. Mr. Kondracke is also an occasional panelist on NBC′s Meet the Press, CBS′ Face the Nation, CNN′s Crossfire, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Voice of America.

    Morton Kondracke has several published articles in The New York Times magazine and book review, The Economist, The Washingtonian, and The Weekly Standard. In his presentations, Morton Kondracke focuses with humor, insight and experience on current politics, Washington controversies, and upcoming elections, and the Congressional agenda. Besides politics, he is especially expert on health care and foreign policy. He will tailor his presentation to the particular interests of his audience, researching its issues on Capitol Hill. He also addresses societal issues including censorship and cultural morality, and speaks eloquently on the politics of health care and funding for medical research.


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Morton Kondracke gives a speech for the Kemp Forum, on the life of Kemp and his great work. Kondracke is co-authoring a book about Jack Kemp, and gives a little background on the man first and foremost: “Jack Kemp was the congressional originator of supply-side economics, and the one who converted Ronald Reagan to supply-side economics. Supply-side economics changed America, reversed the 70’s, the Malaise Decade, restored America’s morale, enabled expenditures on defense, and that conquered the Soviet Union—we will make the case the Jack Kemp had a heavy participation in saving the world from Communism.”

“We’re in a situation right now that is a lot like, psychologically, the 1970’s. The American Dream is in trouble. Close to a majority of the American people think that hard work and enterprise will not get you ahead, that the system is rigged, rigged in the favor of the rich, that their children will not live a better life than they are living. Something’s gone wrong in America.”

Keynote Speech



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Given his lengthy career as a Washington political journalist, Morton Kondracke offers unique insights in his one-of-a-kind presentations. Kondracke uses his considerable experience to bring you an up-to-date view of Washington and the changes the next elections might bring. He will amuse you with anecdotes as he brings you crucial knowledge on the issues facing healthcare in America, leaving audiences educated and socially aware.

A View From Washington
Mort Kondracke gives an up-to-the-minute look at American politics and foreign policy. As a Washington journalist since the early ′60s, Mort′s observations and amusing anecdotes have the weight of his considerable experience. He′ll tell you what′s going on in Washington and what changes the next elections might bring. On request he will address your organization′s legislative prospects.

Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson′s Disease
In this inspiring and informative presentation based on his The New York Times best seller of the same name, Mort Kondracke gives audiences a glimpse into a side of American life that is usually left behind closed doors. He shares the story of his own family’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease - a debilitating condition that struck his wife in her middle years. Kondracke describes his transformation from careerist to caregiver and disease activist, and explores the realities of "disease politics" in the campaign to find a cure for Parkinson′s and other diseases. He also discusses the need for the U.S. government to re-double its minuscule investment in medical research.

America′s Health Agenda
Mort Kondracke has a special interest and indepth knowledge about the condition of health care in the United States. He discusses why health care should be at the top of the national agenda, while exploring: health policy, rising costs, Medicare prescription drugs, prospects for the uninsured, and other issues that are relevant to your audience.





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A View From Washington
Mort Kondracke gives an up-to-the-minute look at American politics and foreign policy. As a Washington journalist since the early ′60s, Mort′s observations and amusing anecdotes have the weight of his considerable experience. He′ll tell you what′s going on in Washington and what changes the next elections might bring. On request he will address your organization′s legislative prospects.

Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson′s Disease
In this inspiring and informative presentation based on his The New York Times best seller of the same name, Mort Kondracke gives audiences a glimpse into a side of American life that is usually left behind closed doors. He shares the story of his own family’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease - a debilitating condition that struck his wife in her middle years. Kondracke describes his transformation from careerist to caregiver and disease activist, and explores the realities of "disease politics" in the campaign to find a cure for Parkinson′s and other diseases. He also discusses the need for the U.S. government to re-double its minuscule investment in medical research.

America′s Health Agenda
Mort Kondracke has a special interest and indepth knowledge about the condition of health care in the United States. He discusses why health care should be at the top of the national agenda, while exploring: health policy, rising costs, Medicare prescription drugs, prospects for the uninsured, and other issues that are relevant to your audience.


Keynote Speech


Morton Kondracke gives a speech for the Kemp Forum, on the life of Kemp and his great work. Kondracke is co-authoring a book about Jack Kemp, and gives a little background on the man first and foremost: “Jack Kemp was the congressional originator of supply-side economics, and the one who converted Ronald Reagan to supply-side economics. Supply-side economics changed America, reversed the 70’s, the Malaise Decade, restored America’s morale, enabled expenditures on defense, and that conquered the Soviet Union—we will make the case the Jack Kemp had a heavy participation in saving the world from Communism.”

“We’re in a situation right now that is a lot like, psychologically, the 1970’s. The American Dream is in trouble. Close to a majority of the American people think that hard work and enterprise will not get you ahead, that the system is rigged, rigged in the favor of the rich, that their children will not live a better life than they are living. Something’s gone wrong in America.”

Keynote Speech